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Eric Peterson, Published November 27 2012

Playoff game on TV will come at a price for many Bison fans

FARGO – Bison football fans in Fargo will have to pay extra if they want to watch Saturday’s playoff game against rival South Dakota State on their home television.

The Division I Football Championship Subdivision second-round game can only be viewed on ESPN3 and ESPN GamePlan.

North Dakota State hosts SDSU at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Gate City Bank Field.

ESPN3 is an online streaming service that is not offered on Cable One, the lone cable provider in Fargo. Cable One does offer ESPN GamePlan, a sports package that offers multiple college football games.

Tami Rostad, the regional production manager for Cable One, said Cable One subscribers would have to purchase the midseason package of GamePlan to watch Saturday’s game at a cost of $76.69. That price covers the remainder of the college football games offered on GamePlan.

So if the Bison advance in the FCS playoffs and were on GamePlan again, those games could be seen at no additional cost.

Rostad recommends that Cable One customers who want to order GamePlan to watch the SDSU-NDSU game do so by the end of the business day Friday.

Midcontinent Communications, a cable provider available in Moorhead and West Fargo, does offer ESPN3. Midcontinent carries ESPN GamePlan, too, said Tom Simmons, senior vice president of public policy for Midcontinent.

For Dish Network and DirectTV customers, the internet provider determines whether or not they get ESPN3.

ESPN3 is available on college campuses and on military bases.

Jeremy Jorgenson, the director of sales and broadcasting at NDSU, said having Saturday’s game on GamePlan is important because that allows Fargo businesses the opportunity to show the game. That gives fans who want to watch the game and not purchase GamePlan another option.

“The GamePlan thing is such a big deal for all the sports bars, restaurants and establishments that have that naturally,” said Jorgenson. “It gets it out there more.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com