Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:19 am / Updated at 11:57 am
No TV: NU-Creighton game is online only; fans urged to come early

If you want to watch Thursday's basketball game between No. 16 Creighton (7-1) and Nebraska (6-1), a television won't do you any good.

The 7 p.m. game's rights belong to ESPN, which has chosen to place it on ESPN3, an online-only platform.

In the past, the CU-NU game has been shown at times statewide on NET or in the Omaha area on Channel 3, but those options weren't in play this season, said Big Ten Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner.

Big Ten television contracts create a “drafting order” for games, Rudner said Tuesday from Chicago. The order is CBS, ESPN, Big Ten Network and then ESPN's other platforms.

Nebraska officials called the league office after learning which entity selected the game.

“I recall a conversation last summer about it,” Rudner said. “I certainly understand the issue. It doesn't help Creighton fans or Nebraska fans.

“But this is within ESPN's purview to select it, and they exercised their rights under the contract. And if I'm ESPN, I'm thinking, 'This is great for us to help drive distribution.' ”

The lack of television coverage appears to have boosted ticket sales.

Husker officials said that as of Wednesday afternoon, fewer than 1,000 tickets remained. The Devaney Center seats 13,595. The largest home crowd so far was 8,491 on Monday night for USC.

Officials are urging fans to arrive early to avoid traffic delays around the Devaney Center. They suggest that fans with single-game tickets to enter parking lots along Salt Creek Roadway.

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