Big Ten Network to end UI football replay shows on Mediacom

July 16, 2007

Iowa City, Ia. ? Fans of Mediacom?s hour-long Iowa football replay show will have to look elsewhere to relive that weekend?s game, a top Hawkeye athletic official said Monday.

Rick Klatt, associate athletics director for external affairs, said that the popular replay show ? shown on Tuesdays on Mediacom Connections in Des Moines ? would be replaced by the Big Ten Network?s telecast of archived footage, including recently played games.

?The one-hour replay show that we produced will no longer be there,? Klatt said. ?Anywhere.?

Klatt said the network already has purchased the entire conference classic inventory held by ESPN and intends to use game replays as part of key feature of the new 24-hour sports and academic network.

The Big Ten Network will launch Aug. 30, but there is uncertainty over how many cable distributors intend to sign agreements with the network ? a partnership between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Sports Cable networks.

Mediacom, the largest cable distributor in Iowa, is resisting demands by the Big Ten that the network be placed on their expanded cable level.

Phyllis Peters, spokeswoman for Mediacom, said that while the company has received telephone calls from subscribers wanting the network, it has also received demands that the network not be placed on any basic cable tier.

?Mediacom has offered to carry the network on a tier where people who want to access it can get it. We want people who are willing to pay for access to get it, but they should be the ones to pay for it ? not everyone,? Peters said.

Klatt also said that the network likely would claim the rights to telecast Iowa home wrestling dual meets, including next year?s matches against Oklahoma State ? and Iowa State the following year.

Iowa Public Television, which traditionally has carried top college wrestling matches, might be permitted to place replays on their network, but that no final decision has been made, Klatt said.