BOISE — The Mountain West announced the television schedule and tip times for several men’s basketball games Wednesday, and the Broncos learned that a Dec. 7 home game against Colorado State will start at 2 p.m. and be televised by AT&T Sports Net.
The only problem? ESPN has already announced that the Mountain West football championship game will also start at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Should the Broncos appear in the Mountain West title game, either at home or on the road, the basketball game would move times to avoid a conflict, a Boise State spokesman told the Idaho Press.
Both Albertsons Stadium and ExtraMile Arena share the same parking lots, which would make it impossible to host two games at the same time. The same operations staff, ushers and security also work both sports.
Boise State has hosted the Mountain West title game in football in each of the past two years and three times in the last five, meaning the scenario is one that is definitely possible.
The basketball team is playing two conference games in December due to the Mountain West Tournament being a week earlier this year. The Broncos only get nine conference home games, so they rightfully want to avoid a conflict with football that would hurt their attendance.
The Broncos will have at least 16 games televised this season, including four on the ESPN family of networks. Four game dates were shifted due to TV including two home games — Feb. 16 vs. San Diego State and Feb. 23 vs. New Mexico — that were moved from Saturday to Sunday.
Boise State will be on CBS Sports Network six times, including Nov. 20 against BYU. Only two conference games were not picked up for a television or online broadcast, and both are against San Jose State.