I have received a number of inquiries about the television coverage of Senior Day festivities on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion from readers that have grown accustomed to seeing the entire event unfold on CPTV and SNY over the years.
That will not be the case this year since the game is the property of CBS Sports Network. UConn’s television package is shared by ESPN, CBS Sports Network and SNY and because of the way TV contracts are written, ESPN has first choice of as many games as it wants and it took nine of them.
CBS Sports Network batted second in the lineup and took three games, both South Florida games and Saturday’s game against Rutgers since, I assume, it felt the game had regional significance and might mean something in the AAC standings.
SNY then took what was left over. Had the other two passed on Senior Night, SNY would have gladly snapped it up.
What this apparently means is this: You will see small snippets of what occurs pregame, at some point during the CBS telecast. It does not consider itself a “UConn Network” by pure definition and is under no obligation, or has any inclination, to televise the entire event.
But SNY will have a camera crew there, and I have been told a more complete review of the ceremony will be shown, either on their post-game show or the Geno Show which will follow.
Nothing stays the same in life. It is what it is. But you won’t totally be shut out.