CSU, CU announce details for 2012 Rocky Mountain Showdown
June 14, 2012
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State University and University of Colorado officials today announced a date change and definitive kickoff time for the 2012 Rocky Mountain Showdown. The Pac-12 television partners approached CU about moving the game up a day earlier to position it to be nationally broadcast on FX, with a kickoff time now slated for 2 p.m. MT on Saturday, Sept. 1.
“We originally partnered with CSU to play the on Sunday September 2 in an effort to position the game on an NFL-free Sunday,” said CU athletic director Mike Bohn. “This change in the date is the result of the advent of the Pac-12 network and the conference’s new television contracts. We know and we are apologetic that the change may inconvenience some fans who may have already made plans. We’re hopeful, however, that our advance notice will provide ample time to make adjustments. We are pleased to have been able to work through these changes with CSU and we appreciate their help in making the change.”
CSU athletic director Jack Graham said the schools worked effectively together to make the change happen.
“We were pleased to have been able to work with CU to accommodate the date change,” said Graham. I know Mike Bohn and everyone at CU are as committed as all of us at CSU to delivering a terrific game day experience for our fans and student body. This is a terrific rivalry – our objective is a great game with great sportsmanship between our universities. Our collective ability to work through a difficult change such as this is a good example of our ability to work together in that spirit.”
Ram fans will be able to witness Jim McElwain’s first game as coach of the Rams in person or on television from anywhere in the country. The game will have a television audience in excess of 100 million households nationwide, which provides excellent national exposure for the rivalry.
With FX broadcasting the 84th meeting between the Buffaloes and Rams, it will mark the 18th straight year the game will be televised on either a national or regional platform.