With only 5 days until the opening game, you might be asking yourself...How can I, average Joe-blow fan watch, hear and experience all of the game this fall?
Easy. This is the MBN guide to...2009 Michigan Football: How, Where and When.
As always, Michigan football is one of the biggest draws for any television/radio outlet each and every week. No question, almost anywhere in the country, you'll be able to get all of the game action live...and in English too!
If there is ever a question of the schedule for 2009, all you have to do is come right back here and check the schedule we have posted under the big maize block M in the light gray sidebar (or you could check the schedule at MGoBlue.com). We will be constantly updating this with times/TV updates as they become available. Sometimes TV channels and times are not known until about week in advance of each kickoff. But we promise to update our schedule as information gets out.
This will change week-to-week based on who we're playing. For week 1 against WMU and week 2 against the Irish, ABC has decided to pick up the game. Both games air at 3:30PM. This weekend's game is a regional network broadcast. So those fans living in the geographical footprint of each school (upper mid-west), will see the game on ABC. The rest of the country will see this game via ESPN2. While this is still ABC's airwaves, ESPN is actually the company handling the broadcast (ABC owns ESPN).
Odds are most games will be broadcast via ABC/ESPN/ESPN2. For those lesser games not aired on the Disney family of networks (Disney owns ABC), The Big Ten Network will handle the broadcast. Pretty much everyone in the country gets BTN now...and in HD.
Locally here in metro Detroit and much of southeast Michigan, terrestrial radio is probably the easiest way to listen to Michigan football. FM 104.3 WOMC will broadcast each and every game this fall. The usual broadcast duo of play-by-play announcer Frank Beckmann and color commentator Jim Brandstatter will handle the call from the booth. Doug Karsch will provide on-the-field analysis.
WOMC in Detroit and AM 800 CKLW out of Windsor achor what is known as The Michigan Sports Network. This is a network of AM & FM stations that broadcast Michigan football games in the fall. This network includes the following affiliates for 2009:
|30.||Sault Ste. Marie||WKNW-AM||1400|
|38.||Little Rock, Ark.||KASR-FM||92.7|
This is the largest and most listened-to college sports network in the midwest. Many of these stations (including WOMC) have websites which you can stream their live radio broadcast. This is a great way to listen to Michigan football in case you happen to be out of town or stuck at the office on a beautiful autumn Saturday.
For those of you who happen to have satellite radio either in your car, or via a mobile device...you're in luck. Michigan football will be broadcast on spacewaves as well.
This weekend's game against WMU will beem live on SIRIUS channel 121.
Channels seem to change most weeks. Odds are SIRIUS will handle most, if not all of Michigan's home games. But, as we all know, SIRIUS and XM have merged. So how they handle which hosts which games is still a mystery to me.
Michigan football will be streamed on the internet (audio only of course) @ MGoBlue.com free of charge. All you need is Windows Media Player and an internet connection. This broadcast is the same as what you would hear on the radio...Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter, and Doug Karsch.
For game 1, Michigan has already setup the link for their graphical stat tracker application that runs right inside your browser. This can be handy to keep track of player stats as the game is being played.
The good folks over at ESPN also have a stat tracker. That link is not available yet.
Every once in a while, ESPN will cover a game via a service called ESPN360. This is a relatively new service ESPN offers which allows users to watch a game on their computers, streamed live. Since you're streaming live video, a broadband connection is required. This is free to anyone who's internet provider is on this list. Or, anyone who's computer is located on a college campus or any military base in the US. This service is also portable, so if you get this service at home, just log in to your ESPN account and stream from wherever you are.