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The UNLV football team’s Fremont Cannon rivalry game Saturday against visiting UNR at Sam Boyd Stadium will televised in Southern Nevada, after all.
UNLV officials announced Wednesday that Cox Communications will televise the 12:07 p.m. game on channel 96 and HD 1096. It is being produced by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, a recently launched network that isn’t available locally.
“Saturday’s live broadcast is a result of Cox’s ongoing commitment to bringing high-valued, local sports programming to the residents of Southern Nevada as well as our longtime support of UNLV Athletics,” said Steve Schorr, vice president of public and government affairs at Cox Las Vegas, in a statement.
Television for the Fremont Cannon game seems to be an issue each year. Previously, when the game was played in Reno, ESPN held the broadcasting rights to the game because UNR’s Western Athletic Conference had a contract with the network. (UNR is now part of UNLV’s Mountain West Conference).
Most years, ESPN elected not the work the game, leaving several UNLV supporters irate. Last year, the athletic departments at both schools coordinated with an independent production company to broadcast the game.