GSU vs. Murray State no longer on GPB — updated

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 and heard on 1160AM.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

25 comments Add your comment


October 6th, 2011
1:14 pm

First! Did the Athletic Department think about this when rescheduling the times?


October 6th, 2011
1:19 pm

I’d rather have something done to improve attendance that it be on TV at this point. I say it’s a good move by the Athletics Dept.


October 6th, 2011
3:17 pm

Wow, we really just got bumped for Georgia Southern football. Pathetic.

The GSU with Six Rings

October 6th, 2011
3:26 pm

Duh… Winning!

Tricked again

October 6th, 2011
3:58 pm

Allright. Finally I log onto AJC link with GSU in the headlines and finally, its about GSU. Thanks AJC.


October 6th, 2011
3:58 pm

Stop worrying about television. Let’s just play good football and win.


October 6th, 2011
8:04 pm

Reading is Fundamental.

Georgia State was NOT bumped by Georgia Southern. This was a business decision on both sides.


October 6th, 2011
8:28 pm

“Business Decision” …AKA… BUMPED!


Reading [between the lines] is Fundamental


October 6th, 2011
8:35 pm

I would rather have it on ESPN3.

Uncle Johnny

October 6th, 2011
10:51 pm

You both stink– it is public TV


October 7th, 2011
8:01 am

Panama- if it was on GPB it would still be on ESPN3, that’s what Georgia Southern is doing. Still can’t believe we just got booted off of Atlanta TV for Georgia Southern football. Shows the state of the programm I suppose.


October 7th, 2011
8:30 am

let’s see…show a game featuring two unranked teams with losing records that will have about 10,000 people in attendance or show the #1 team in the nation with the most storied history of any FCS program hosting a top 25 opponent with over twice the number of people in the stands. sounds like a no brainer to me.

on top of that, gpb has a contract with the southern conference to air one game each week at 3pm. so it was already a done deal.


October 7th, 2011
8:56 am

I’m a Murray State Alum and I’ve been looking forward to this game for several weeks now. This really ticks me off. I will no longer be supporting PBS.


October 7th, 2011
9:54 am

There’s no bump. GPB is showing SoCon games. It was already scheduled and WE changed. No biggie. If we took over GS’s time slot, we would be doing the bumping. Seriously guys, this is not a big deal. Hopefully attendance in the dome attracts more TV in the future. Gotta crawl before you can walk.


October 7th, 2011
11:29 am

Bobcat, come to the dome to support your team. We will gladly have you.

Nancy Zintak

October 7th, 2011
11:51 am

I would love to thank Nancy Zintak for her great decision. For those of you who don’t know Ms. Zintak hails from a college with a prestigious history of College athletics and NCAA football championships. Yes the women who graduate from Mount Vernon College for Women are grounded in the fundamentals of who should be shown on TV to support their liberal agenda. Bravo Ms. Zintak you should be commended for your decisions. Thank god you aren’t in charge of anything that matters.


October 7th, 2011
12:01 pm


We need to limit discussion of Georgia Southern. Otherwise, you might face a ban or this commentary might be locked.


October 7th, 2011
1:35 pm

Who wants to drive all the way to Statesboro anyway and fight the gnats! Their Metro ATL Alums need the PBS broadcast. We are in the DOME and get yourself there and support the GSU PANTHERS. GS keep on trollin!!! Thanks for the posts! lol


October 7th, 2011
10:48 pm

GSU will be on the big screen at 3 pm. Whoohooo!


October 8th, 2011
7:30 am


October 8th, 2011
8:46 am

Thanks GPB. at least its on ESPN3


October 8th, 2011
1:00 pm


Scott from Fairburn

October 8th, 2011
2:21 pm

Shifting the game time has actually yielded less GSU studnents than the last home game … And now TV audience


October 9th, 2011
12:02 am

I’m alumni of both GSU;.. Ed.S ‘89 and GSU Eagles ….M.Ed. ‘65 and …B.S..’59. I had rather see the Eagles play! They are a real team!…with a real home. “OUR HOUSE”..Get it!


October 10th, 2011
3:45 pm

For all three of the “State” faithful, the Southern Conference has a Broadcasting Agreement with not only GPB but that of the surrounding states that have participating SoCon programs. You might as well be on an island.