Why UConn Vs. Cal-Davis? Here’s Your Answer

by Categorized: Geno Auriemma, Pac12 Network, UConn women's basketball, University of California-Davis Date:

Late last night, UConn confirmed something Geno Auriemma had mentioned earlier in the day: the Huskies had signed a two-year deal to play the University of California-Davis. The series will begin next year in Connecticut and conclude – or at least one would assume – with a game at UC-Davis, which is near Sacramento, in 2014-15.

That will be Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis’ senior season. If you are wondering why the Huskies didn’t try to schedule UCLA, USC, Pepperdine – or some school closer than 360 miles from LA and Anaheim to better give KML the customary senior home game – well, they did.

UConn and UCLA have been trying to put together a series, something Auriemma wants to do very badly because of his friendship with the Bruins staff and his desire to play again in the area.

The problem is who would get the television rights to the game. If you remember, the Pac12 conference would not allow UConn’s game at Oregon on Dec. 31 to be televised in Connecticut, despite UConn’s desire.

And it appears the conference  is not interested in allowing a future game played at any of their schools – at least those not secured by ESPN for its networks – to be shown anywhere but on its own network.

So UConn essentially said ‘no thank you’ and looked for another place to play.


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5 thoughts on “Why UConn Vs. Cal-Davis? Here’s Your Answer

  1. Bill Corley

    USC, Pepperdine, UCLA and those Leagues sound Myopic in demanding their “local” network is the only avenue for broadcasting. Don’t they see the virtue of a “nationally” televised program? I doubt they will lose any money, I suspect they would be making money if ESPN did this one game. There is still time for them to wise up.

  2. BearJWS

    Wow, tacky… Why does the Pac12 care if people in CT can see on another network? It’s not like we get their network.

  3. D Chris

    Could be that the PAC 10 doesn’t want to reveal its weak conference. The only consistant winner they have is Stanford

  4. Walter

    teh pac12 is full of it i live on west caost i know lol takecare gouconn and not all players who go to stanford get playin time thought id add that in lol

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