Monday, February 14, 2011

SBU Basketball to be Televised as Part of MIAA Package

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 /

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The SBU men’s and women’s basketball double-header on Saturday (Feb. 19th) against Nebraska Omaha will be televised as part of the MIAA television package.  The games were originally scheduled for a 5:30/7:30 start.  The women’s game will now tip at 1:00 with the men’s game starting approximately 20 minutes following the finish of the women’s game. 
The games will be carried live on KSMO Channel 62 in the Kansas City area and be available to 100% of the Kansas City market.  They can also been seen locally in Springfield on Mediacom Channel 22 as well as several cable systems throughout the MIAA geographical footprint, including Cox Communications in Kansas, Cablevision in St. Joseph, Mo., Eagle Communications in Hays, Kan., and Mediacom cable systems in Columbia, and Jefferson City, MO (see list below).  The network is available to more than 1.5 million households.
SBU Director of Athletics Mike Pitts had this to say about the exposure SBU will receive as a result of the broadcast.  "I was very excited a few months ago when I learned that the MIAA had teamed up with the Niles Media Group to broadcast key MIAA games during the 2010-11 season. This arrangement puts some great NCAA Division II games in well over a million potential homes."

"We have great fans at SBU. It's a great atmosphere on game nights and it has a certain magic chemistry that you have to experience to really understand. I'm sure our opponents aren't thrilled to come to Bolivar to play the Bearcats! On February 19, we have a chance to show thousands of homes what it's like to play the SBU Bearcats at the Meyer Sports Center!"
The SBU men and women are still fighting for an opportunity to play in the MIAA tournament.  The men are currently 11-12 (8-9 in MIAA) on the season while the women sit at 8-13 (5-12 in MIAA).  Both teams are on the road to start the week as they visit Missouri Western on Monday night and travel to Hays, KS to play Fort Hays State on Wednesday night. 
Broadcast Channels Mediacom (Columbia, Jefferson City, Springfield, etc.) -- Channel 22
KSMO-TV (Kansas City) available to 100% of the KC market. It is broadcast (over the air) on channel 62 and it is found on most cable systems (Time Warner, Comcast, etc.) on Channel 10.
Eagle Cable (western Kansas) -- Channel 15
Cox KS Cable system -- Channel 22
Cablevision (St. Joseph area) -- Channel 20

For more information, contact:
Jeff Weseloh
Director of Athletics Media Relations
Southwest Baptist University

417-328-1799 (office)
417-327-9637 (cell)


Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. Since 1878, the faculty and staff have created a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. The University has been named one of America’s Best Christian Colleges® for 14 consecutive years, one of America’s 100 Best College Buys® for 15 consecutive years, and it has been named among institutions with America’s Best College Scholarships ® for the past four years by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.

For more information, visit SBU’s Office of Marketing & Communications is available to news media 24/7 at 417-399-7918.