For the first time in five seasons, a University of Wisconsin football game apparently won't be televised — at least in the traditional sense.
The Badgers' game on Sept. 17 against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field will kick off at 2:30 p.m., the Mid-American Conference announced Wednesday. It'll be live streamed on ESPN3.com, an online-only channel that is available free to subscribers of Charter Communications and many other providers nationally.
There is no indication that a network will pick up the game, according to an e-mail from MAC spokesperson Ken Mather on Thursday.
That webcast can be played through your TV if it's Internet-ready and connected to your laptop, through an Internet-enabled gaming system such as Xbox, Sony PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii or other software shortcuts.
But for those who aren't technologically advanced, the bottom line is you can't sit back in the easy chair and click the TV remote to pull up the game.
That breaks a streak of 59 straight appearances on a network that was available to at least some portion of the local audience, notwithstanding the one-year showdown between the Big Ten Network and cable giants Charter Communications, Time Warner and Comcast that kept that channel off the metaphorical dial in its introductory 2007 season. At that time, BTN was carried by the two major satellite services, DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as some smaller cable providers, such as the Mount Horeb Telephone Co.
Lets hope they can work something out. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!