Georgia State’s game against Murray State will no longer be televised by Georgia Public Broadcasting on its digital channel, Knowledge.
The game was originally scheduled to kick off at noon. However, Georgia State decided to change the kickoff time to 2 p.m. in an attempt to increase attendance.
The decision had a ripple effect because of an already-scheduled 3 p.m. between Georgia Southern and Tennessee-Chattanooga that will be broadcast on GPB’s Channel 8, according to Nancy Zintak, vice president of communications and marketing at GPB.
Because GPB can’t air commercials, it was prepared to cover the commercial spots with underwriting spots for the noon start, but the start time change would have required hiring extra staff to cover both Georgia Southern’s game on the main channel and the Georgia State game on its digital channel. Unfortunatley, the dollars just weren’t there to cover additonal staff on short notice.
“We were excited about broadcasting Panther football and are looking for our next opportunity to work with Georgia State,” Zintak said. “Sports is a great community-builder and we love our high school football on Fridays and SOCON on Saturdays.”
Georgia State’s game can still be seen on ESPN3.com and heard on 1160AM.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu