A little over two years ago, I posted on this here blog about the possibility of the Mountain West getting a few games on CBS after MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson was quoted on the issue. Not CBS-College, but actual over-the-air CBS. When the months went by after that with no additional talk of CBS, I figured that the negotiations must've dissolved into nothingness. But it appears now that Thompson has been in touch with the CBS folks all along, per these two notes from an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette:
• Thompson said he anticipates one or two of the league’s men’s basketball games during the upcoming season will be televised on CBS.
• As for getting football games on CBS, Thompson said teams would have to agree to play at 10 a.m. (MT) so the network would be able to televise SEC games at 1:30 or 2 p.m. (MT). Thompson said such a scenario is “not dead” but “not happening” currently.
The news about getting basketball games on there this year is pretty great news, although I highly, highly doubt TCU will be involved in any of those games. Still, great exposure for the league and definitely something to shoot for in the future.
And it looks as though CBS is still open to the possibility of complimenting their SEC coverage with an early MWC game a few times a year. I, for one, would be happy for TCU to move as many home games as possible to 11:00am local time in order to be nationally broadcast on CBS. Yeah, it'd be early, but I think I could handle that. As the only MWC school in the central time zone, I think TCU ought to be pretty proactive in voicing our readiness to accomodate major network TV.