ND game may be hard to watch for local fans

This Saturday’s Notre Dame/ Air Force game may be hard to watch for local fans.

No, Tommy Rees did not re-injure his neck. The potential problem lies with your TV set, your cable or dish provider, and your individual programming package.

“I've got U-verse at home and right now, I don't think I can get it because it's a subscription channel only,” said Dan Hardman.

Fans who will be ready and willing to watch the Irish come Saturday night, may find that they are not able.

The game will be carried exclusively by the CBS Sports Network. The same network that today featured website advertisements for N.D. / Air Force on the left, and the Professional Bull Riding Finals on the right.

“Well it’s in the package I get, I mean I didn't specifically order it,” said Irish fan Dave Malicki, who today had no regrets. “I got my wings ready, cold case of beer, ready to go. Starts at 5:00 o’clock, I’m ready to go.”

The folks at Cheer’s Pub will drink to that. They checked their channels today and Comcast 418 came in loud and clear, averting a potential crisis that they never saw coming. “I didn’t even think about it, I just figured it was the same as always, I had no idea,” said Sandie Slav.

At the Clay Democratic Club they’re glad they elected to order the sports package long ago. Today, dialing in Dish 158 produced programming instead of static, although it produced mixed emotions as well.

“It's kind of sad really, I mean Notre Dame us being all big Notre Dame fans around here, and then not to have it local, that's a shame,” said Hardman. “I mean that should be in the constitution.”

Today News Center 16 visited four local taverns. At only one, was management aware of the potential predicament and had tested the television to make sure the game would be there come Saturday night.

The rest conducted spontaneous tests on our behalf. In the final analysis, three of the four taverns were able to tune in the CBS Sports Network.

A similar situation arose in 2006 with CSTV when Notre Dame last played at Air Force. At that time, Notre Dame was ranked 9th in the nation and special arrangements were made to show the game at Stepan Center, and in the theatre of the College Football Hall of Fame.

This time, it is fall break at Notre Dame and most students are off campus, although the game will be shown at the LaFortune Student Center.

Where to find the game:
Dish: Channel 158
Comcast: Channel 418 or HD Channel 232
Directv: Channel 221
AT&T U-Verse: Channel 643 or HD Channel 1643

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