In the world of expanding television rights and continued attempts to air college sports on television, UNLV Sports has a new way to bring its athletics to Las Vegas area viewers.
UNLV Sports will begin appearing on the Silver State Sports & Entertainment Network beginning this season. The network is a creation of KVVU-TV, the FOX subsidiary of Leas Vegas.
The network will focus on sports other than soccer and men’s basketball, but will air select soccer and men’s basketball games that are not picked up on network television. The network plans to air more than 100 UNLV home contests.
“I think it’s great for our exposure, especially for many of our Olympic sports that haven’t had any broadcast outside of streaming,” women’s basketball coach Lindy La Rocque said. “UNLV fans who live in Vegas now have an easy way to keep up with when they physically can’t make it to a game. And I think we’re going to get some new fans, who may not have seen than soccer or men’s hoops before, to be proud of what our teams are accomplishing.
“So we’re giving airtime to sports that don’t usually get it,” said KVVU Vice President and General Manager Michael Korr.
The network, which launched in mid-June, will also air 12 games involving historically black colleges and universities.