Montana Grizzlies game at Western Illinois available only on ESPN+

(Editor’s note: UM athletics release)

No. 15 Montana hits the road for the first time this season to face the Western Illinois Leathernecks in Macomb, Ill., with kickoff set for 2 p.m. (MT). Griz fans in Montana and around the country will be able to watch the game online only via ESPN+.

The broadcast rights to Montana’s game at Western Illinois are owned and managed by WIU. Through its affiliation with the Missouri Valley Football Conference and its partnership with ESPN the Griz/Leathernecks game will only be available to stream on ESPN+, the network’s subscription-based OTT streaming service, available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast and other app-based streaming services, as well as your phone or tablet via the ESPN App.

Because WIU is the broadcast rights holder, the game will not be shown by a local broadcaster in Montana.

Ryan Kent Jr. will provide the play-by-play on the broadcast, while Patrick Morris will be the color commentator.

Broadcast Notes:

The Big Sky Conference owns and manages all broadcast rights for its member institutions. As UM/WIU is a nonconference game it will not be available to watch on the Big Sky’s OTT partner, PlutoTV or WatchBigSky.com.

The Griz will have four games this year broadcast on the Big Sky’s premier broadcast partner, ROOT Sports. Those games are: Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Idaho, and Montana State. It’s important to know there are no standard web streams available for a ROOT broadcast. But…

In 2018, All ROOT Sports broadcasts will also be carried on DirecTV’s Audience Network, available to all DirecTV subscribers. The Audience Network is also part of DirecTV’s streaming service, DirecTV Now (available in limited areas, and compatible equipment necessary).

Montana’s Big Sky games against Cal Poly, Portland State, North Dakota and UC Davis will be shown on ABC/Fox Montana or SWX, and will be available to watch for free on PlutoTV and at WatchBigSky.com.

The Sept. 29 game at Cal Poly will also be shown nationwide on the Eleven Sports Network, available on DirecTV on channel 623.

The Oct. 13 game at North Dakota will be broadcast on Midco Sports network in the Midwest. FOX Montana will simulcast the game to fans statewide.

LISTEN: “Voice of the Griz” Riley Corcoran and Greg Sundberg will bring you the UM/WIU action live from Macomb on the Grizzly Sports Radio Network.

Fans from Polson to Plentywood can tune in to hear the live call on one of 15 radio stations statewide. You can also hear a digital stream of the game live worldwide via GoGriz.com/listen or the TuneIn app on our computer or smartphone.

Fans can also follow the numbers with a live stats feed at GoGriz.com.

Derek Buerkle

Derek Buerkle

Derek has worked in sports at KPAX-TV in Missoula since 2007. He grew up in Big Timber, Montana, and attended the University of Montana journalism program.
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