Root Sports Announces DU Hockey TV Schedule

ROOT SPORTS™ announced today that it will broadcast six regular season University of Denver hockey games, six men’s basketball games and one women’s basketball game this season. This marks the 12th consecutive year, and 19th season overall, the network has been the official television partner of the Pioneers.

ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC.  

2012-13 University of Denver Hockey Telecast Schedule
All times listed are Mountain and subject to change

Sat., Nov. 17 -  Colorado College 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 29 - Boston University 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 4 - Cornell 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 - Nebraska Omaha 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 8 -  Colorado College 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 - North Dakota 7 p.m.

2012-13 University of Denver Basketball Broadcast Schedule
All times listed are Mountain and subject to change
Fri., Nov. 16 - Cal 6 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 21 - Colorado State 7 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 11 - Colorado (Women) 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 19 - Utah State 4:30 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 7 - Seattle 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 - Idaho 4 p.m.
Sat., March 9 - Louisiana Tech 5 p.m.


Anonymous said...




Anonymous said...

I'd have to agree with 'Anon'

With Phillips steering the ship the Pios should be led to ultimate GLORY this year.

Im expecting big years from the big blue liners, particularly the captain PP and the Montreal prospect Josiah Didier (AKA: Le Bleu Blanc Rouge)

dggoddard said...

DU Hockey appeared on Root Sports 7 times last year.

12 times in 2010-11.

19 times in 2009-10.

The added exposure for basketball cuts into the hockey telecast budget.

Great to also get three games on NBC SportsNetwork.

All in all we'll probably see the Pios on TV around 15 times this year counting road games on different networks.

Anonymous said...

The downward trend in games televised is a bit concerning.

Does anyone know if this is DU cutting back? Or if it's Root? I assume that Root requires DU to pay the production costs and it being DU cutting back, not Root.

Anonymous said...

It costs somewhere around $20,000- 30,000 per game to produce a game on Root Sports.

I would guess DU has to pay out more money to Root for the timeslot than they make on ad sales. The sad reality is that TV audiences for DU sports are low, so it's no wonder that DU is splitting it's limited TV budget trying to get more traction for hoops.

DU hockey is pretty maxed out on the finacial contirbution it can make, whereas basketball can produce a higher revenue ceiling if they make it the NCAAs.

Anonymous said...

DU is obviously using the basketball telecasts as an audition platform to get into a better all-sports conference.

du78 said...

DU has 12 games listed on the schedule as being broadcast as live video aka Pioneer Vision. That makes all 21 home games available on TV or on-line.

achsdu17 said...

Why so little games? Only 6 hockey games.

Anonymous said...


If you read the previous posts, you'll understand why DU is scaling back on hockey and upping basketball broadcasts.

When you are paying for TV time, you need the best return on that investment. They obviously feel that a 50/50 split between hockey and hoops is the right ratio at this point in time to match their strategic goal of growing basketaball and maintaining hockey.