Iowa State fans frustrated with basketball teams’ broadcast schedule

The line of students was out the door and wrapped all the way around Hilton Coliseum Tuesday night as students were excited to watch the Cyclones take on Texas, but there is some frustration among the fan base from those who don’t have tickets and have to watch at home. The team is within reach of the top 10, but despite that, more than half of their games have been taken off television and only broadcast on ESPN+, a paid streaming service. That includes the No. 12 Cyclone’s Tuesday matchup against No. 7 Texas and their road trip to Lawrence where they faced No. 2 Kansas. “They know that Iowa State fans will pay, which kind of sucks, but we’re not getting the national attention we deserve,” said Owen Saxcon, an Iowa State freshman. “I think they think Cyclone fans are willing to pay, so they’re trying to get a couple of extra bucks off us,” said junior, Bryce Jermier. Iowa State’s Athletic Department says on average, Big 12 teams have four conference games on the streaming platform and the TV schedules are set before the season begins . Unlike football, those channel assignments can’t be changed mid-season.”Streaming is a much more acceptable way for people to get games when they want to,” said Nick Joos, Senior Associate Athletic Director at Iowa State. “The most important thing is there is a way for our fans to get the games and certainly they want to see this team play because they’re playing exciting basketball.” We reached out to ESPN for comment, but they did not respond. Iowa State’s next game is at Oklahoma State this Saturday. That is scheduled to air on ESPN+. ESPN+ costs $9.99 per month. KCCI’s parent company, Hearst Television, owns a stake in ESPN.

The line of students was out the door and wrapped all the way around Hilton Coliseum Tuesday night as students were excited to watch the Cyclones take on Texas, but there is some frustration among the fan base from those who don’t have tickets and have to watch at home.

The team is within reach of the top 10, but despite that, more than half of their games have been taken off television and only broadcast on ESPN+, a paid streaming service.

That includes the No. 12 Cyclone’s Tuesday matchup against No. 7 Texas and their road trip to Lawrence where they faced No. 2 Kansas.

“They know that Iowa State fans will pay, which kind of sucks, but we’re not getting the national attention we deserve,” said Owen Saxcon, an Iowa State freshman.

“I think they think Cyclone fans are willing to pay, so they’re trying to get a couple of extra bucks off us,” said junior, Bryce Jermier.

Iowa State’s Athletic Department says on average, Big 12 teams have four conference games on the streaming platform and the TV schedules are set before the season begins. Unlike football, those channel assignments cannot be changed mid-season.

“Streaming is a much more acceptable way for people to get games when they want to,” said Nick Joos, Senior Associate Athletic Director at Iowa State. “The most important thing is there is a way for our fans to get the games and certainly they want to see this team play because they’re playing exciting basketball.”

We reached out to ESPN for comment, but they did not respond.

Iowa State’s next game is at Oklahoma State this Saturday. That is scheduled to air on ESPN+.

ESPN+ costs $9.99 per month.

KCCI’s parent company, Hearst Television, owns a stake in ESPN.

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