National attention is all well and good, but there’s something to be said for growing a local following too.
The 10 games Seattle U will play this season that will be broadcast, including eight regionally on Root Sports, will help with that.
Six games against WAC opponents, the home opener against Montana State and the crosstown showdown against Washington will be broadcast on the network in the northwest. The other two games being shown are road matchups against “power” conferences – Stanford, which will be broadcast on the Pac-12 network, and Virginia, available on the online platform ESPN3.
This is a notable improvement from last year, when just four Redhawk men’s basketball games were on television.
One reason this number has increased is the birth of the Pac-12 network. In previous years, Root/FSN broadcast the majority of Pac-10 and Pac-12 basketball games of regional teams like Washington and Washington State. But with a new home for many of those contests, and a contract with ESPN allowing even more games broadcast on the national network, Root Sports had a bit of a gap open up this year.
Enter Seattle University, in its first season in a Division-1 conference in many years. The Redhawks, and probably Gonzaga as well, will likely have an increased number of basketball games on Root Sports in years to come to fill in that gap.
For this year, one downside is that seven of the eight games on Root are home games, so if you have season tickets and are going to the games already, you aren’t really getting helped out by the increased number of televised games this year.
But maybe that changes next year. For now, this is a tiny step in the right direction in getting more media coverage for Redhawk basketball.