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Six Air Force football games this fall will be televised on The Mtn., a new television network created to feature Mountain West Conference sports, but one that may not be as readily available as previous channels.

The Mtn. will be a regional affiliate of College Sports Television, which will begin broadcasting MWC games this fall following the league's breakaway from ESPN. The creation of The Mtn. was announced Tuesday at a news conference in San Diego. It will not only broadcast games on television but also offer live streaming Internet content.

The problem is that CSTV is still not available in most of the MWC markets as part of a basic cable programming package. In Colorado Springs, cable provider Adelphia carries CSTV but only on in its "Digital Plus" package, which costs $70.77 per month. Other regional sports channels that broadcast local teams like Fox Sports Rocky Mountain and Altitude are available on "Digital Basic," which is $11.49 per month cheaper.

CSTV regional networks president Chris Bevilacqua said the network was working with cable providers on all MWC markets to get both CSTV and The Mtn. included in "broadly distributed packages."

Sandra Mann, public relations director for Adelphia in Colorado Springs, said there haven't yet been any substantive negotiations to make CSTV more widely available in the area.

"That’s a huge negotiation process that all networks go through including Fox Rocky Mountain and Altitude and any others," Mann said. "I’d assume that when the specifics of that are worked out, we would engage in conversation with them for coverage like any network we’d pick. We’re interested in having Air Force sports covered in this city so we’d be interested in discussing what the possibilities are for any kind of coverage but it would have to go through the usual channels it always does."

Air Force games to be televised on The Mtn. include: at Wyoming on Sept. 23, vs. New Mexico on Sept. 30, at San Diego State on Oct. 21, vs. BYU on Oct. 28, vs. Utah on Nov. 18 and at TCU on Dec. 2.

Though CSTV's national fall football schedule won't be released until Wednesday, Air Force's Oct. 7 game against Navy, Oct. 12 game against Colorado State and Nov. 24 game against UNLV have been earmarked for that network. It's also expected that the Nov. 11 game against Notre Dame will be on CSTV, but it could land on CBS, which acquired CSTV last year.

The Nov. 3 Air Force-Army game will be on ESPN2, and Air Force officials expect the Sept. 9 opener at Tennessee to be picked up by ESPN for a nighttime kickoff.

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MWC games find a home on new cable TV channel

More often than not, news regarding the Mountain West Conference is pushed aside.

Larger conferences with more prestigious teams garner much more national attention - conferences such as the Big 12, the Pac-10 or the Southeastern conferences.

But now, the MWC has stepped into the limelight with the unveiling of project that's never been seen before. Something that none of the "big" conferences have attempted.

During a press conference on April 18 at the San Diego Marriott Marina, it was announced that, beginning this summer, the MWC will be the proud home of the very first "super-regional" college sports network.

The new cable TV network is aptly named the MountainWest Sports Network, or simply "The mtn." The channel is affiliated with College Sports TV, which signed a seven-year, $82 million deal with the MWC in August of 2004.

"It's something that we've talked about since the inception of the deal," MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson said in the press conference. "In fact, one of the backbones and cornerstones of our agreement with CSTV was the formation of this super-regional network."

The first scheduled live broadcast for the new network will be the kickoff of Wyoming's football season against Utah State on Sept. 2. However, throughout the course of the year, The mtn. has committed to televise 36 MWC football games and 150 basketball games, as well as 200 additional MWC sporting events beginning this summer. The channel will also be region-specific, so San Diego State fans will be able to see SDSU games.

At least that's the plan.

Cox Communications - the largest cable provider in San Diego - does not currently have CSTV in the San Diego market.

Nor has CSTV reached an agreement with Cox Communications in Las Vegas - another large market for the different MWC schools.

After Cox Company Vice President Steve Schorr's commented to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that "no progress has been made in talks" to carry CSTV or The mtn. in the Las Vegas market, there is speculation that progress with the negotiations in these markets is slow because of CSTV's reluctance to lower its price.

"It would drive up the rates for our customers," Schorr told the Review-Journal on April 19. "It's so outlandish, I won't even consider it. It's so beyond even the acceptable level. They're talking about a multimillion-dollar, single-year contract."

CSTV Regional Network President Chris Bevilacqua wanted no part in that discussion for now.

"I don't think it's fair to negotiate in the press," Bevilacqua said in the press conference. "And I'd prefer to keep that private between us and Cox.

"We have a great partnership with Cox across the country - we're on in several of their markets, and it's our expectation that we'll be on in August come this fall."

But problems with the Las Vegas negotiations may not necessarily be representative of the same situation in San Diego.

"Each Cox system has their own market, and they place the value of the program," Cox's San Diego Media Relations Manager Ceanne Guerra said. "(Schorr) was speaking for the (Las Vegas) market, and we can only talk about our market."

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