Oct. 16, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - ESPN has issued an apology to Ohio University and Bobcat fans following the network's struggles to distribute an on-line broadcast of Ohio's football game at Illinois Oct. 14. ESPN360, a broadband service, is available through limited internet service providers. However, Ohio Athletics had arranged for ESPN360 to be available through the university's high-speed Ethernet system so students who live on campus could watch the game on their computers.
"ESPN has apologized for the mistake and the resulting inconvenience to our fans," said Derek Scott, Ohio Associate Athletics Director for Communications. "It was a technical issue on their end that led to the mistake and despite great efforts from the staff at Information Technology here on campus, there was nothing that could be done to salvage the situation Saturday night."
Currently, efforts are underway to create an opportunity for fans to watch the game via one of ESPN's various broadcast entities. Once arrangements can be finalized, those plans will be announced.
As well, fans who paid a one-day subscription fee to watch the game online via the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view service and were also unable to view the contest may be eligible for a refund. Those affected are encouraged to call Ohio Athletics at (740) 593-1190 for more information.
Ohio defeated Illinois 20-17 for its first win over a Big Ten member since 2000. It marked the Bobcats' third straight season with a victory over a school from a BCS conference, following last season's win at home over Pitt and a 2004 upset of Kentucky.
The Bobcats return home for their annual Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 21 against Buffalo. Kickoff at Peden Stadium is set for 2 p.m. For ticket information, call the Ohio Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-575-CATS.