The California Golden Bears look like they'll have a couple of national telecasts upcoming to start Pac-12 conference play. But first they have to get through a not-so-anticipated matchup against their FCS opponent, the Presbyterian Blue Hose.
Cal was having trouble getting their game on TV; there just wasn't enough interest to get the game on cable, and the Bears had to look for alternative options. The game will be streamed on the Cal Athletics website, but only for a price. You'll have to purchase the All-Access package, which is a $7.95 monthly fee. I suspect there will be many Golden Bears grumbling that they have to pay to watch the worst game on their lineup, but that seems to be the cost of doing business these days.
Better news: Thanks to a 2-0 starting record for the Bears, their road contest against the Washington Huskies will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net (and probably locally on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area or California). That means their first three games in conference play will all be televised, including two Thursday night games on ESPN at the Oregon Ducks and at home versus the USC Trojans.
At least all Golden Bears fans will get the chance to watch their team through the first six games of the season.
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