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Changes ahead for Montana’s ROOT Sports broadcasts and streaming options

03 Dec 2021 | 06:52 | Football

The Montana Grizzlies’ final two home games of the season – including the Nov. 20 “Brawl of the Wild” game against Montana State – are set to be televised around the country by Big Sky Conference broadcast partner ROOT Sports and its AT&T Sports Net affiliates.

Veteran broadcaster Tom Glasgow will have the play-by-play for the broadcasts, with analysis from Taylor Barton.

ROOT Sports Northwest, AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain (which includes the Las Vegas market), and AT&T Sports Net Pittsburgh are available to watch on DirecTV, and Spectrum Cable.

In Missoula, ROOT is available on Spectrum cable channel 60 and HD channel 560, and on DIRECTV channel 687 and 688. To see if ROOT Sports is available in your area, visit their channel finder page. To see if AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain or Pittsburgh are available in your area, visit their channel finders HERE and HERE.

New this year, DISH Network has made the decision to no longer carry ROOT Sports or AT&T Sports Net. Meaning Montana’s next two home games will not be available on DISH.

STREAMING: The game will air live on the ESPN+ outside of the ROOT Sports/AT&T Sports Net footprint only. The ROOT Sports/AT&T Sports Net footprint encompasses states like Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Inside the footprint, ROOT Sports has made the decision to black the game out on ESPN+.

Streaming options are also available through DirecTV and fuboTV, with subscription required.

Television broadcast and streaming rights for Montana’s 2021 slate of games are owned and managed by various entities. Generally speaking, the home institution’s conference (ie: Big Sky, Pac-12, etc.) are the rights holders for league games and some nonconference games, and decide where each game will be broadcast. Each partner broadcaster then decides which of its platforms the game will be shown on.

Montana’s Nov. 6 game at Northern Colorado will only be available to stream nationwide on ESPN+. When the Griz visit Northern Arizona on Nov. 13, the game will be broadcast statewide on ABC Montana stations (NBC in Billings), and will also be available to stream nationwide on ESPN+.

For a complete listing of UM’s full season of broadcast options, visit: GoGriz.com/WhereToWatch.

LISTEN: “Voice of the Griz” Riley Corcoran and long-time analyst Greg Sundberg will bring you the action live from Missoula on KGVO Missoula, the flagship station of the Grizzly Sports Radio Network, and its fifteen affiliates around the state. Live audio web streams can also be found at GoGriz.com/Listen.

Your “Grizzly Gameday” starts two hours before kickoff each Saturday with the official pregame radio show featuring Denny Bedard and Scott Gurnsey who then throw to Corcoran and Sundberg 30 minutes to kickoff. Bedard and Gurnsey will also wrap up the day’s action with the official post-game show.

Grizzly football has a bigger footprint than ever this season with new affiliates in Billings and Butte. In Billings, KBLG ESPN Radio will be the new home of the Griz on both the AM and FM dials across the Magic City. In Butte, KOPR “Copper 94” will broadcast the Grizzlies in the Mining City and its translators in Boulder and Phillipsburg. For a complete list of Grizzly Radio Network affiliates statewide, click HERE.

Also new in 2021, Griz fans have a better than ever way to stream all of Montana’s radio broadcasts on their mobile device LIVE and FREE of charge with the Varsity Network App, powered by Learfield and Sidearm Sports.

Fans can download the app for iPhone or Android use for instant access to free gameday audio streams and the Coach Hauck Radio Show and receive push notifications to remind them of games starting or upcoming audio broadcasts as well.

LIVE STATS: Fans can also follow the numbers when the Griz take on the Thunderbirds with the official live stats feed, with play-by-play updates and complete game statistics. CLICK HERE for the live stats feed.

Live updates can also be found on social media. Follow @MontanaGrizFB on Twitter for score updates, highlights, and more.