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After no previous agreement, Fremont Cannon game to be televised in Las Vegas

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UNLV players roll out the refurbished Fremont Cannon two weeks after beating UNR in 2000. Fans broke the cannon in the post-game celebration that year, but the UNLV athletics department repaired it in time for the Rebels next home game against Wyoming.

The UNLV football team’s Fremont Cannon rivalry game Saturday against visiting UNR at Sam Boyd Stadium will televised in Southern Nevada, after all.

UNLV officials announced Wednesday that Cox Communications will televise the 12:07 p.m. game on channel 96 and HD 1096. It is being produced by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, a recently launched network that isn’t available locally.

“Saturday’s live broadcast is a result of Cox’s ongoing commitment to bringing high-valued, local sports programming to the residents of Southern Nevada as well as our longtime support of UNLV Athletics,” said Steve Schorr, vice president of public and government affairs at Cox Las Vegas, in a statement.

Television for the Fremont Cannon game seems to be an issue each year. Previously, when the game was played in Reno, ESPN held the broadcasting rights to the game because UNR’s Western Athletic Conference had a contract with the network. (UNR is now part of UNLV’s Mountain West Conference).

Most years, ESPN elected not the work the game, leaving several UNLV supporters irate. Last year, the athletic departments at both schools coordinated with an independent production company to broadcast the game.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. Thanks Cox Cable the game should always be Televised

  2. Wow, that really is a file photo from deep in the archives. The cannon is painted red.

  3. Where is the game on DirecTV? There are 30 million DTV subscribers and a disproportionate amount here in sports-happy Vegas due to the NFL Package, etc., etc. etc. so it would be a nice habit for the Sun to list both Cox and DTV.