Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 | 5:36 p.m.
The battle for the Fremont Cannon will be televised in Southern Nevada this fall, after all.
The Fremont Cannon contest, which is the UNLV football team’s annual rivalry game with instate rival UNR, will be shown on Cox Channel 96, UNLV officials announced Thursday. The game is at 4 p.m. Oct. 8.
When ESPN, which owns the television rights to games in UNR’s Western Athletic Conference, decided to pass on televising the game, the schools worked together to make sure it would still be televised through an independent production company. Last December, when the UNLV basketball team played at UNR, efforts to have the game televised fell short — something fans were vocal in their displeasure about.
“Since the Wolf Pack’s television rights-holders chose to not pick up the game, we jumped at the chance to bring it back for our fans in Southern Nevada,” UNLV athletics director Jim Livengood said in a statement. “We certainly want to thank Wolf Pack AD Cary Groth for her help in getting the rights clearance for us to show the game down here.”
With UNR set to join the Mountain West Conference in 2012, the issue will go away, and all basketball and football games will be televised. The league has its own network, The Mtn.