NBA sends letter about Friday night Husker Football game

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

The Nebraska Broadcasters Association is asking for one of Nebraska’s football games scheduled for next year to be changed.

In a letter sent to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, NBA requests the game at Illinois on Friday, September 25th, to be moved to a different day.

The issue is since the game is on a Friday night, it clashes with state-wide high school football games.

The full letter reads:

"On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association and our more than 170 member radio and television stations, we respectfully ask you to reverse your decision to play football games on Friday nights during the high school football season.

"High school football on Friday nights and Husker football on Saturdays are among the many attributes people truly love about living in Nebraska. Both sports have been enjoyed on fall weekends for decades with few conflicts and mutual respect for one another’s importance to local communities and the state as a whole. We expect similar emotions and connections exist in other Big Ten states.

"Your decision will force many radio and television stations to change their programming and sports coverage, with two of their heretofore "must cover" entities suddenly competing for scarce air time. And of course, your decision will cause countless Nebraskans to make difficult decisions about where to spend their time, media attention, and money. It just doesn’t feel like "The Nebraska Way."

"While it is up to each respective NBA member station to make their own choices on how to navigate these new conflicts, the NBA Board of Directors asks that you reconsider the importance of their coverage to the communities they serve, in contrast with your decision."

The letter was signed by Chairperson of the Board, Joy Patten, and President/Executive Director Jim Timm.