Pity the poor unranked San Jose State Spartans — they probably thought their opening football game against No. 1 Nebraska this Saturday would pass under the radar because no television coverage was scheduled.
Think again — the game will mark the first time an NCAA Division I-A football game has been Netcast live. Netizens will be able to watch and listen to the matchup at FoxSports.com and Huskers.com, the Web site of U. of Nebraska’s athletic department.
Fox Sports Net had the television rights to the game, but decided to not show it (perhaps because Nebraska finished 12-1 last year while San Jose limped to a 3-7 record) and instead handed it off to its sister Web site.
“We saw this as the perfect time to move in,” said Danny Greenberg, veepee of FoxSports.com. “It could become a regular programming feature, it could become a pay-per-view opportunity.”
The video feed will come from “HuskerVision” cameras that are installed throughout Memorial Stadium and are typically used to provide instant replays. The audio will come from the Pinnacle Sports Network.
The game will be streamed and should be accessible to anyone with the appropriate software and a 56K or better connection.
“This is a great opportunity for Husker sports to be on the forefront of technology,” said Nebraska athletic director Bill Byrne. “Nebraska football has a nationwide fan base, and this initial Webcast is one way we can try and reach out to our fans.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)