Cox Communications in Kansas will distribute Jayhawk IMG Television Network (JTV) programming, including six men’s basketball games and two football games, across the state of Kansas during the 2013-14 academic year, Kansas Athletics announced Thursday.
Kansas Athletics recently announced an agreement with Time Warner Cable under which TWC’s Metro Sports will produce 50 live events, including football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and track and field events, exclusively in the Kansas City area. Metro Sports is available in the Kansas City and Lawrence area on Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Wow!
The agreement with Cox Communications ensures that this JTV programming will be seen across the state on Kansas 22, which is available on Cox Communications, Sumner Communications and Cunningham Telephone.
Cox Communications is available throughout Kansas in communities such as Coffeyville, Dodge City, Garden City, Hutchinson, Manhattan, Pittsburg, Salina, Topeka and Wichita.Â Negotiations with other in-state cable distributors are ongoing.
In the Topeka area, KU fans will see the men’s basketball games on WIBW-TV as part of a previously negotiated agreement.
Time Warner Cable Metro Sports, in partnership with Kansas Athletics, will produce extensive first-run, non-game programming centered on KU Athletics. Cox Communications will carry that programming across the state via Kansas 22.
ESPN3 will provide Kansas Athletics additional exposure by carrying the 50 live JTV events nationally to its 85 million homes (except in the Kansas City area and the state of Kansas). In addition, ESPN3 will air 20 additional Jayhawk events exclusively nationwide.