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March 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Will UW’s spring game get on TV?

The news today that Oregon’s spring game has been picked up for telecast on ESPN2 led to the inevitable question — what about UW’s?
The answer is that it’s unlikely there will be any live telecast of UW’s spring game, which will be held on Friday, April 30, at roughly 6:30 p.m. (coach Steve Sarkisian said this week actual kickoff may be closer to 7 p.m.).
A school official responded today that “there are discussions taking place about the possibility of producing a delayed telecast — would be broadcast either Saturday or Sunday. The talks involve a possible cooperative production by FSN Northwest and UWTV. There are no discussions of a live telecast, although the last several years we have streamed it live on GoHuskies.com (that could happen again, depends on what happens with TV). No decisions have been made but we do anticipate having an answer by the first of next week at the latest.”
So, obviously, expect to hear something definitive next week.
Just as obviously, the best way to see it is to attend it in person, and the Huskies are experimenting with the Friday Night Lights approach to see if it might result in a better crowd, though there were other considerations to moving it to that day, as well. Namely, that May 1 is the Opening Day of boating season and the Windermere Cup and already one of the busiest days of the year in the Montlake area.
Typically for the last decade or so, UW’s spring game has been held on the last Saturday of April, the week before the Windermere Cup, concluding a four-week set of drills. But Sarkisian is spreading out spring practice over five weeks this year to avoid having any back-to-back practices (other than the last two days) to keep his team physically and mentally fresher, especially critical with the depth issues on each side of the line. (And they can’t really start any earlier than they do with the spring quarter not beginning this year until March 29, especially as the trend of in-coming high school players enrolling early continues to grow).
Teams have 34 days once they begin spring practice to get in 15 workouts, which is the limit regardless of when you start.
Also, if you wonder what the coaches do on a day in-between practices during the spring, Sarkisian’s blog today provides a little glimpse.

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