The first TV selections by ESPN/ABC for the Pac-12’s 2011 football season were announced today, and game times were set for UW’s contests at Stanford and USC.
Washington’s game Oct. 22 at Stanford will kick off at 5 p.m. PST and will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN 2. Also, UW’s game at USC on Nov. 12 will begin at 12:30 p.m. PT. ESPN/ABC will have the first option to televise the game. However, if it passes, Fox Sports Net will carry the game at 12:30 p.m.
According to UW’s press release on the matter, the conference office in early June will announce additional telecast selections and kickoff times from Fox Sports Net, Versus and FX. Additional start times and television arrangements for the remaining UW games will come after that, though times and TV information for some games will likely be determined two weeks in advance (or more accurately, 12 days, since in-season selections usually are announced on a Monday).
Those are the only two UW games so far that have times or TV situations set (here’s the full schedule).
However, count on just about every UW game being on TV this year. This is the final year of the old TV deal, so there is not necessarily the guarantee that every game will be on that is part of the new deal that was announced last week — that one takes affect in 2012. But UW has had every game on live TV since the Stanford game in 2006, a string of 51 straight games. With all of the various TV partners and increasing platforms for games, most end up somewhere these days.
UW officials had already said they did not anticipate moving any games off of Saturday this year, so all that is left to determine are start times and TV times. Last year, UW did move a home game against UCLA to Thursday for a national ESPN telecast. But that will not happen this year.
It could happen in the future, however, as the Pac-12 has guaranteed that it will have Thursday night and four Friday night games each season as part of the TV package announced last week, and those games are due to be spread around the conference, meaning UW will likely have games on those nights at some point. UW AD Scott Woodward said last week, however, the Huskies will be selective, and optimally would have those games in the period before school starts in late September, so as to cause the least disruption on campus.