Thursday, May 30, 2013

Desperate times: Different ways to watch BC's game on the Pac 12 Network

I and most of you won't be able to watch BC's game against USC in our homes. If this were 1978 I'd understand, but inexplicably this is an issue in 2013. We have a million channels and a million ways to watch a game, yet this likely prime time game against a traditional power will be very hard to see. And it is all because of the stupid Pac 12 Network is carrying the game. These conference networks might be cash cows and security for the conferences, but the pissing matches they go through to get carriage is painful to fans like me. I am willing to pay to watch this game, but likely won't have that option. So what is real BC fan to do?

Fly to the game
Although I wanted to see BC in the L.A. Coliseum, I hadn't planned on going. As those of you with young kids understand, time and money is always an issue for indulgent trips. But when the TV schedule came out, I felt differently. Maybe I should go! I don't care if both teams suck, this is a chance to see USC in the Coliseum live. If your schedule and commitments are a little more flexible, I would recommend going. This is a rare opponent and a cool road trip. Use the Pac 12 Network as an excuse and enjoy yourself. As for myself...maybe I can sell some blood or pawn my Spaz memorabilia collection. How much do you think a game used Spaz yellow towel is going for on eBay?

Go to a GameWatch
I am the ultimate hypocrite when it comes to GameWatches. I post the Watch list every week but never go to the Atlanta ones. The kids are my current excuse, but I wasn't all that fun to watch a game with before I had children. I am really bad in sports bars, because I don't want to small talk and I hate not hearing what is going on in the game. I am tense during any BC game (less so during the Spaz years) and often pace. That's harder to pull off in a crowded bar. Walking around in front of fellow BC fans muttering to myself would just confirm to most of you that I am a lunatic. If I have to resort to a bar this fall, I will try to be on my best behavior.

Use someone else's cable/internet login
This game will not be accessible online to just anyone. Instead it will only be available through providers that have a deal with the Pac 12 network. Most of you know someone on the West Coast. Now you just need to lay the groundwork over the next two months so when you pop the "can I use your login" question it doesn't seem weird or out of the blue. My grandmother lives in California and has cable. She doesn't understand the blog or how half of this stuff works. I may be crazy but I think I can conference her in on a call to her cable company and figure out how to get the game online in her name.

Listen to Meter's radio call online
That would be real desperation.*

Kidnapping TV execs or even just your local DirecTV installer
Find someone tied to your TV provider and hold them hostage. Don't demand money. Don't demand leniency. Just ask for the ability to watch the game. Don't hurt anyone and turn yourself in after the game. If you behave in jail, you can probably get out by the time Addazio has the team bowl eligible.

*Meter does call a good game. 

14 comments:

Erik said...

I have BigTen network thru directv. Hopefully thy add PAC-12 Network to my channel lineup. Never thought id say that.

lbkjj said...

The CEO of DirectTV is Mike White, a BC and BC High grad.
I'm sure he can hook us all up!

Alex L. said...

Good article on 2011-2012 ACC payouts. The ACC is middle of the pack when it came to payouts per school but it pays its commissioner (what some refer to as "the Ninja") the second lowest. One more interesting tidbit: BC got the second lowest (after Miami) in payout money and the lowest percentage increase.

http://www.news-record.com/blogs/sports_extra/article_a1f6c4a8-c4a1-11e2-b306-001a4bcf6878.html

Big Jack Krack said...

My wife and I are going to L.A. and building a one week vacation around the game - same as next year in Boston. They are all travel games for me. :-)

Hopefully the TV situation will be settled by game time.

Also, is it possible to purchase a single game?

Also, Atl, I don't feel as though both teams suck. I think this will be an exciting major college game.

Leather D said...

You also have the option to go to a bar with Comcast or Dish Network service...

EL MIZ said...

have a wedding on Long Island, otherwise would have been planning my trip out there. i'll have to follow on game cast, what a freaking bummer.

CatabEagle said...

Anyone else feel like Big Jack should have his own permanent gold colored seat at Alumni like the red seat at Fenway? BJK you're my inspiration as a BC Fan.

Galvin said...

Agreed. Love BJK's enthusiasm! I am so excited to see this team hit it this year.

PJeagle said...

In 1987, the airlines were having a price war and you could fly cross country for $99. BC was scheduled to open the season against USC in the Colosseum. I booked a trip for my wife, 2 young kids and me for a vacation and to see the game. Sure enough, after I booked the trip, the game was chosen for national TV and the date of the game was changed until later in September. We had a nice vacation but didn't get to see the game. Instead, we went to see an NFL exhibition game at the Colesseum: the LA Raiders against the Chicago Bears. Doug Flutie was playing for the Bears so at least that was my BC connection.

eagleboston said...

I have a TV in my office and I think it is Dish Network. I am almost positive that the PAC-12 network is on there. The office TV is way better than anything I have at home, so I may be "working" late that night.

LA said...
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LA said...

May be more TV options than most realize. These are the providers that the PAC-12 says has agreements to carry the network in areas "east of the rockies."

Bright House, Cable America, CC Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox, Dickey Rural Services, Dish, FiOS by Frontier, Northland, and Time Warner Cable.

http://pac-12.com/AboutPac-12Enterprises/ChannelFinder.aspx

Joe Gravellese said...

I get PAC12 with my Comcast sports package in Boston. Party at my place! (Gonna have to cut everyone off once I reach max capacity of about 5 or 6, though. Downtown problems.)

nceaglefan said...

I get it here in NC, everyone is invited to my house for the game!