CBS Sports Network to show four Boise State football games, all at night

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

CBS Sports Network grabbed four Boise State football games Friday — the most it could take.

CBSSN will show the road games at Utah State, Colorado State and San Diego State. It also gets the home game against Nevada in a trade with ESPN, which has the rights to the Broncos’ home games but took a road game against Fresno State instead. The ESPN contract allows for a trade.

Of the seven Boise State games set so far, all are night games.

ESPN holds the rights to four of the five games that do not yet have TV assignments. The exception is the opener at Washington, which is part of the Pac-12’s multi-partner TV deal. That game likely won’t be set until June.

ESPN still must place at least one more Boise State home game on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC — giving the Broncos a minimum TV bonus of $1.1 million for this year. The other three games can appear on one of those channels, ESPNU, ESPNEWS or Web-based ESPN3. Only two games can air on ESPN3.

Boise State gets bonuses for appearing in Mountain West-controlled games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, NBC or Fox. The bonuses are $500,000 on Saturdays and $300,000 on other days.

Here is Boise State’s full schedule:

Aug. 31: at Washington
Sept. 7: vs. Tennessee Martin
Sept. 13 (Friday): vs. Air Force, 6 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 20 (Friday): at Fresno State, 7 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 28: vs. Southern Miss
Oct. 5: BYE
Oct. 12: at Utah State, 5:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Oct. 19: vs. Nevada, 6 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Oct. 25 (Friday): at BYU, 6 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 2: at Colorado State, 6 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Nov. 9: BYE
Nov. 16: vs. Wyoming
Nov. 23: at San Diego State, 8:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Nov. 30: vs. New Mexico
Dec. 7: Mountain West championship game


Also Friday, Boise State announced a home-and-home series with Oklahoma State. Read about it here.

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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