There will be no television broadcast of the Air Force football season opener, but the game will be streamed live online.
Air Force discussed teaming up with Altitude, a Denver-based regional sports network, about broadcasting its Sept. 1 game against Idaho State, but faced with significant production costs and a limited time to find elements like sponsors and satellite trucks, the academy decided to put the game online instead. The game will be on www.goairforcefalcons.com, include the radio play-by-play and use many of the same camera angles that can be seen during games on the video board at Falcon Stadium.
Air Force has streamed other sports such as women’s basketball, wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics and fencing. Associate athletic director of communications Troy Garnhart said having the game online allows Air Force to reach a very wide audience, including its fans overseas, and allows the academy to explore its online capabilities for future events.
“It’ll be a great test for us to put on a production of this magnitude,” Garnhart said.
Air Force has two other home games, Sept. 29 vs. Colorado State and Oct. 20 vs. New Mexico, that haven’t been picked up by TV, but Garnhart said negotiations are in progress. Air Force anticipates those games will be on television. Air Force is also working to get a broadcast of a road game at UNLV on Sept. 22 on in the local television market.
Air Force’s offense was without running back Wes Cobb, receivers Ty MacArthur, Drew Coleman and Dontae Strickland and tight end Marcus Hendricks in Friday’s practice. Coach Troy Calhoun has refused to provide updates on injured players during training camp.