Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
No TV, radio for Hogs' first basketball exhibition
Arkansas basketball coach Eric Musselman is shown during the Razorbacks' Red-White Game on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — No video or radio feed will be available for Arkansas’ basketball exhibition game against East Central (Okla.) on Sunday.
The Razorbacks and Tigers are scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena. It is the first of two scheduled exhibition games for Arkansas, which will also play North Texas on Oct. 30 in Fayetteville.
Kevin Trainor, a spokesman for the Arkansas athletics department, said in an email that the Razorbacks have traditionally had no more than one radio broadcast for exhibition games. Trainor said exhibition games have traditionally not been televised or streamed, and would not be Sunday due to staffing conflicts.
Many of Arkansas’ video production staff will work the SEC Network-Plus broadcast of a home soccer game against Mississippi State on Sunday evening.
The Razorbacks’ 2019 exhibition against Arkansas-Little Rock was available via an online stream because the Walton Arena court was being named for former coach Nolan Richardson, Trainor said, but noted that was an exception. An exhibition against Southwestern Oklahoma State six days later did not have a video broadcast.
Arkansas did not play an exhibition game last season. The Razorbacks’ last two Red-White Games — including one last Sunday — were available on the streaming service SEC Network-Plus, but Trainor said regular-season broadcasts are prioritized over those in the preseason.
It has yet to be determined whether there will be video or radio for the Razorbacks’ exhibition against North Texas. There will not be any video or radio for the Arkansas women’s exhibition game against Arkansas-Fort Smith on Nov. 5.
No single-game tickets are expected to be sold for the men’s exhibition games, which are included in season-ticket packages. On Monday, Arkansas announced it has sold all available tickets for the upcoming men’s season.
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