First home game to be on pay-per-view

If you’re not coming to the stadium to see the debut of the 2008 Pride of Oklahoma, you’ll need to pony up about $30 to see it at home, the OU Athletic Department announced today:

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma’s season-opening football game against Chattanooga on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., CT will be televised live on pay-per-view by Big 12 Special Order Sports, FSN Southwest’s pay-per-view division. The telecast will be available on participating cable television systems in Oklahoma and Texas and nationwide to satellite dish customers.

Suggested retail price is $29.95. A list of participating programming providers carrying the PPV game will be announced later. Most programming providers will begin accepting orders the week of the game. Fans should check with their local provider for availability in their area.

Tim Brando (play-by-play), former Oklahoma running back Spencer Tillman (analyst), former OU quarterback Paul Thompson (sideline reporter) and FSN Southwest’s Emily Jones (sideline reporter) call the action. Former Oklahoma quarterback Dean Blevins will host the pay-per-view telecast from Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., and will anchor a one-hour pregame show, which will commemorate coach Bob Stoops’ 10th season at Oklahoma.

Why pay-per-view?

The game is being televised on pay-per-view because it was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. Under conference TV rules, games not picked up for regular television distribution can only be televised live on pay-per-view, giving fans the option to watch a game they otherwise wouldn’t be able to see.

Participating cable and satellite TV providers will offer the game to their customers on a designated pay-per-view channel. The telecast will not pre-empt FSN Southwest’s regularly-scheduled programming.

And if you really want to see it on TV for no additional cost?

FSN Southwest will replay the game in a one-hour format on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m., CT as part of its new BIG 12 NO HUDDLE series, which will feature condensed telecasts of Big 12 games throughout the season.

So there you go.