Insight Bowl to be shown on KSBI, Tulsa bid rejected

Updated: December 14, 2007, 10:23 AM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The NFL Network has reached a deal to televise Oklahoma State's appearance in the Insight Bowl on an over-the-air station in Oklahoma City, but some viewers in Tulsa may be left out.

Brady Brus, the president and general manager of Oklahoma City station KSBI, told The Oklahoman on Thursday that his station will televise the Insight Bowl for viewers who don't receive the NFL Network through a cable or satellite provider. The station can also reach viewers in Stillwater, but Tulsa may be left out after a station there said it's bid was rejected.

"We were told by the NFL Network that they weren't considering Tulsa as a syndication market. They didn't want to see a bid from Tulsa," John Trook, KOTV's director of sales, told the Tulsa World. "They only wanted to see a bid from Oklahoma City.

"We were prepared to jump through a hoop to make this happen."

Brus and NFL Network spokeswoman Krista Ostensen did not return telephone calls seeking comment from The Associated Press.

Oklahoma State will face Indiana in the Dec. 31 bowl game, which will be played in Tempe, Ariz.

"We presented our bid, which included among other things our unmatched coverage area, promotional plans, pre-game and post-game plans, our current position in the market with high school sports postseason exclusivity and NCAA programming," Brus told The Oklahoman.

Trook said KOTV intended to show the telecast to all Tulsa-area viewers, including those who don't subscribe to cable or satellite services, but he wasn't sure why the NFL Network rejected the station's bid.

"No one will give us a straight answer. We just kind of assume that Oklahoma City, being a Top 50 market nationally, is more critical to the NFL Network's sales effort," Trook told the World. "We're just presuming that at this point."


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