BOULDER - The Pac-12 Conference television partners released broadcast and kickoff time details for several games for the 2012 season, with the biggest news affecting the University of Colorado being the Labor Day weekend game against Colorado State will revert back to Saturday, Sept. 1.
The CU-CSU game at Sports Authority Field in Denver, also known as the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown, was scheduled for Sunday (Sept. 2) last winter in an attempt to position it for maximum exposure on an NFL-free Sunday and a different twist on marketing the game locally. Once ESPN, FOX and the Pac-12 Networks convened to place all games on TV as per all conference contracts, FOX selected the game for Saturday broadcast on its national FX outlet. Kickoff will be at 2:00 p.m. mountain time.
"We originally partnered with CSU in moving the game to Sunday in an effort to pursue some different game day elements, and were working together to try and create an optimum experience for our fans and for the growth of the game," said CU athletic director Mike Bohn. "This is a unique development with the advent of the Pac-12 Networks and the conference's new television contracts. We are pleased to have been able to work through a difficult event with our colleagues at CSU.
"The kickoff time set for Saturday afternoon is the most traditional one for college football and we believe will be attractive to fans of both programs across the state, especially for those who plan to drive over from the Western Slope or up from the south," Bohn continued. "Both institutions are honored that FOX selected this game as its first college broadcast of the 2012 season, and the game will now be featured in over 100 million homes and reach fans of both the Buffaloes and the Rams nationwide."
"We have been in discussions for the past six months on how to provide a quality fan experience and both institutions want to also reflect support and sportsmanship for the fans, student-athletes and coaches," CSU athletic director Jack Graham said. "We're going to work extremely hard the rest of the summer to market the game on a local, regional and national basis."
With FX broadcasting the 84th meeting between the Buffaloes and Rams, it will mark the 18th straight year the game will be televised on either a national or regional basis.
The conference announced that the CU-Sacramento State game at Folsom Field on Sept. 8 will kickoff at 1 p.m. MDT and will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Previously announced was Colorado's Sept. 15 game at Fresno State, with the CBS Sports Network handling the broadcast with a 6 p.m. MST kickoff.
The Buffaloes now know the details of two Pac-12 Conference games: ESPN will nationally televise the Arizona State game from Folsom Field on Thursday, Oct. 11 with kickoff set for 7 p.m. MST, and the regular season finale against Utah on Friday, Nov. 23, also in Boulder, will kickoff at 1 p.m. MST with FOX to decide a week or two before whether the game will air on FOX or FX.
All remaining television game selections and start times, starting with week four (Saturday, Sept. 22) and running through the final week of the regular season will be made 12- or six-days in advance.