KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you want to watch Tuesday’s Sunflower Showdown on cable, you can’t.
When the Kansas Jayhawks No. 8 and the Kansas State Wildcats no.
The streaming service, which launched in April 2018, has the rights to every team in the Big 12 Conference except the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners. The telecasts of those games are under the “Big 12 Now” banner, with no Big 12 national team announcing Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla.
This isn’t the first time the Jayhawks have had a major conference matchup on ESPN+.
Less than three weeks ago, the then no. 2 Kansas hosted then-No. 14 of Iowa State on the platform. The game commemorated 125 years of Kansas basketball as more than 160 former players, coaches and staff showed up at Allen Fieldhouse to celebrate the historic program.
So what’s shown on ESPN instead? A doubleheader starting at 18:00 with every unplaced team.
Simply put, ESPN wants you to subscribe to their service, a practice that the Lawrence Police Department is against.
It’s a crime against decency that KU-KState gaming isn’t on cable, not an outright crime. We have no jurisdiction here.
— Lawrence Police (@LawrenceKS_PD) January 31, 2023