>> Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan says he’ll decide Friday if UH’s second round CIT game will be televised or not.
I think Donovan should not commit to put this game on TV unless and until at least 7,000 tickets are sold. That’s because I think fans should see this team in person to really appreciate its style of play and energy (which it says it gets from the crowd).
But I think he’s going to put it on the tube anyway – partly because it’s going to make money either way. UH already covered the entry fee for the tourney and will just have to pay a few thousand for travel expenses for Saturday’s opponent, which will be Air Force or USF.
Plusses: Rights fee, access for neighbor islanders and shut-ins.
Minuses: Smaller number of people buying tickets to attend, less of a homecourt advantage for UH, also less revenue from parking and concessions.
>> Also, while we’re at it, what did you think of the Oceanic telecast – technical quality as well as the broadcast crew of Howard Dashefsky and Lori Santi.
>> More from the broadcasting transition wire: Rainbows radio play-by-play man Bobby Curran will not be available for Saturday’s game. He has a prior commitment to work the state spelling bee, which is live 7-9 p.m. Saturday on Hawaii PBS television and is sponsored by AIO, the company that also owns KKEA 1420 AM, the station that employs Bobby. No word yet on his one-game replacement.
“Obviously I’ll miss doing the Rainbows game,” Curran said. “But in the grand scheme of things the spelling bee is also an important and very worthy event. I’m proud to be a part of it.”