Everyone's a Lobo - even if you don't have the mtn. network

In light of the Lobos starting off their season undefeated - I'm reminded why I don't like television. Since August 27, 2008 - UNM Lobo games have been broadcast on channel 616 on DIRECTV CHOICE or with a subscription to DIRECTV's Sportspack.

I'm a fan...grew up watching the Lobos on channel 13...listening to games on 770 KKOB...wishing I could go to Coop Camp - Michael Cooper was my first favorite NBA player as a kid. Anyone from Burque knows what Lobo basketball means to the city. We fans can be fickle. Harsh. Stubborn. Mean. But we love our Lobos.

The business decisions of cable and satellite television are beyond me. I'm sure there is some analysis out there that says UNM and the television company's make money on the deal - which in turn leads to better facilities - better recruitment - something about outreach to fans across the country - blah, blah, blah...but right now, I don't care. I can't turn on my television and watch my Lobos.

Lobo's are 19th in the country. Awesome job and congratulations guys. I'll see you at the local bar.

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Comment by Ryan Martin Stark on December 16, 2009 at 1:53pm
Bravo to you for bringing this up. Same here, growing up on Lobos on broadcast TV, only very occasionally being able to afford to attend a game in person. This is a poor community, and it's sad there will be a whole generation of Burque kids who have never seen the Lobos, even on TV.
Comment by Ron Da Bomb on December 16, 2009 at 2:13pm
This post reminded me of my ex-dead father-in-law, rest his grumpy old soul. He would get totally worked up and pissed off that channel 13 aired the Lobo games, and preempted one of his shows, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman or Walker Texas Ranger, or whatever. He would rant that the university owned KNME, so why not show the games on channel 5.
Comment by Juan on December 17, 2009 at 8:52am
Yup, have had this exact conversation many a time as we sit not being able to watch the Lobos play. I'm sure it is a money thing, as that's what seems to motivate Lobo admin more than anything nowadays. Thankfully I have been able to go check a game at the Pit this season.
Comment by Alfredo on December 18, 2009 at 10:33am
The biggest thing with the current network is that you get virtually every game shown on TV and the quality of the production is much better that it's ever been.

The current TV deal is far from perfect, but for better or for worse, that's the current state of collegiate athletics (Big 10 Network, SEC is looking into it's own network, the NFL and NBA have their own networks, etc.). Most people who have The Mtn. network or watch games on CBS College Sports are pretty impressed with the amount and quality of coverage they provide, which was simply not possible back in the old KRQE/Sportswest days.

Kudos though to all the great Lobo fans who are getting together and watching the games together at various places around town...a lot of times that's when you really have the most fun and feel like you're part of something communal.

Be sure to start buying your tickets early for these home games though...the Texas Tech game on Dec. 29 is almost sold out already and seats are going to be in high demand the rest of the season...Go 'Bos!
Comment by Ben Moffett on December 20, 2009 at 11:41am
UNM seems to prefer earning a little revenue from mtn TV instead of getting some real cash on national telecasts, as in giving up nearly half a million in football because they refuse to change dates (by one day) on a road game in Texas. NMSU is on TV in AQ more than UNM. Boise State, which should have no advantage over UNM in athletics, routinely plays FB any night of the week it can earn a dime of TV money. Boise is always looking for ways to move outside the box, even with a blue field, and creative play calling that opens up the action, making the team a national fan favorite on the gridiron. UNM could do the same thing in both basketball and football. The decision to diminish the capacity of The Pit is no help. More fans is the answer even if the gate take is a little less..
Comment by Ben Moffett on December 28, 2009 at 11:41am
I respect your opinions, Rodney. Thanks.


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