A representative of the Insight Bowl says they are working to find a way to let thousands of Cyclone fans who do not have satellite T.V. get access to the television broadcast of the bowl game. The game will be shown on the N.F.L. Network, which is not carried by the Mediacom cable system in Iowa. Insight spokesman Jim Fields says they hope work something out.
Fields says the N.F.L. Network has done a good job and has expanded its distribution by 10-million homes. He say one of the things they will do is to work with the network to find a way for people in Iowa to see the game. Fields says they joined with the N.F.L. Network for financial reasons. He says this is their fourth year with the N.F.L. after being on E-S-P-N. Fields says the N.F.L. Network made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard says it is unlikely Mediacom would pick up the game. Pollard says he doesn’t anticipate that Mediacom will change their corporate stance that they aren’t going to pick up the N.F.L. Network. He says the Insight Bowl is working on getting an agreement with an over-the-air station for the game. Fields says they have worked out agreements for the local markets of the teams in the past to carry the game. The Insight Bowl is New Year’s Eve and pits the Cyclones against Minnesota.