UK Fans Angry as Star 64 Loses Wildcats Game, Replaces With Wrestling
UPDATE (2:49 P.M.): The game is back on in pretty good condition just in time for the second half. The entire first half was missed.
WSTR issued this statement before service was restored:
It may be an understatement, but we've got a major technical problem with the satellite feed for the UK-Georgia game. Our engineers are and have been working on it to try and salvage some part of the game. This tech problem is also impacting other operations - that is why we haven't been able to run a crawl. We're sorry we aren't showing the game as promised.
The Big Blue Nation is not complete this Saturday as Northern Kentucky loses access to the UK Wildcats' match-up with Georgia at Rupp Arena.
WSTR Star-64, the Cincinnati television station that airs UK games, apparently lost the feed from the SEC Network just before tip-off.
The station immediately put up a notice on the screen that the issue is being addressed and urged viewers not to call the station. Then Star 64 put on Ring of Honor Wrestling, with no ticker or on-screen notice that issues with the game are being addressed.
To add insult to injury, when the wrestling program went to commercial, one advertisement was for the UK-Georgia game.
Needless to say, UK's rabid fanbase is not happy. Posts are filling up WSTR's Facebook page:
this game has been scheduled for months !!..now im watchin wrestling ????..not real friendly rt now....uk might wanna rethink their contract with you
Can't watch UK game...at least put a scroll on bottom of screen to let us know and PLEASE put on anything than terrible example of wrestling.
Phone lines are busy! Imagine that!
As of 2:10 p.m., the game is still not airing and there is still no notice on the screen that the issue is being addressed.
Cable customers with internet access can view the game online at ESPN 3 while others can listen on the radio at 106.7 WNKR or AM 1530.
Photo: UK Head Coach John Calipari/KY Forward file