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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Get ready to attend more games if you want to see Oakland

Last year, it was as if you couldn't keep the Oakland Golden Grizzlies off television. In fact, coach Greg Kampe once joked his team would be on the Big Ten Network more than Northwestern. The Grizzlies were on BTN, ESPN and Fox Sports Detroit three times each during the regular season. And then there were postseason appearances from the Summit League Tournament and NCAA tournament, where Oakland got lofty CBS coverage, as Turner Sports deflected its coverage onto several different networks under its umbrella.
This year is shaping up to be a little bit different.
The schedule was released Wednesday with just two televised games: Nov. 28 vs. Tennessee (ESPNU) and Dec. 10 vs. Michigan at The Palace (FSD).
It's likely any Grizzlies fans who would watch those games will already be sitting in an arena seat. It will be interesting, however, as the Tennessee game is a 9 p.m. start. Kampe said that's the latest an Oakland game has ever started.
The Tennessee game will be the first time ESPN has carried a game on Oakland's campus.
"We're very excited about that," Kampe said.
Kampe said more Oakland games could be picked up by FSD, including Western Michigan's visit to the O'rena Dec. 23, which has been reported to be carried by FSD, but Kampe said negotiations were ongoing.
"There's a lot of scheduling they're going to lose and they're going to be looking for things," he said.
"The Western Michigan game would make sense because it's two Michigan schools. I can't be definitive because it's really just speculation."
As the NBA lockout drags on and more pundits pile on their pessimism about a resolution, the more likely it becomes fans will get to see the Grizzlies from the seat of their couch, while the pros spend the winter skiing.
"Until the lockout situation is resolved, we won't know a lot of stuff," Kampe said.
As it concerns the Grizzlies, it seems to be a wait and (maybe) see situation.


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