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No TV for Gophers, Packers

A little bit about a lot of things:

• If you’re a fan of either the University of Minnesota or the Green Bay Packers, too bad, they won’t be on local TV this weekend.

The Gophers play a non-conference game at Florida Atlantic and it will be televised only on ESPN360.com, which is available nationwide, but you must subscribe to a participating high speed internet service provider.

The Packers play a noon game at New York against the Giants. Fox is covering the game and normally the game would air since theVikings-Lions, also on Fox, have a 3 p.m. kickoff. This week, however, CBS has the doubleheader meaning only the Vikings-Lions game will be seen here.

• Packer fans? "Packer Preview,’’ with host Dave Sinykin has returned for its 12th season on KWEB-AM (1270) at 8 a.m. Sundays.

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La Crosse would be the nearest market to watch the Packers, that or a sports bar or find someone with DirecTV and the NFL Package.

• Fox announcers for the Vikings-Lions game are Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson and Jennifer Hammond. The game will only be seen in the Twin Cities and Detroit markets, or to seven percent of the country.

The Fox No. 1 team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver will do the Packers-Giants.

• Minnesota Timberwolves play-by-play announcer Brian Sieman has left the team for a similar job with the Los Angeles Clippers. He had been with the team only one year, replacing Chad Hartman. Sieman also called the Minnesota Lynx games on radio for six years.

KOLM-AM (1520) will do a full slate of Timberwolves games this season. The station will also carry a half schedule of Wild games, the same as last year.

• The Big Ten Network announced its men’s basketball schedule for 2007-2008, with Minnesota on 18 times. In all, the BTN will distribute 140 games. It will show a doubleheader every Wednesday, games on Tuesday or Thursday and a weekend package of up to four games.

• Fox Sports Net North will televise the Bemidji State at Winona State game at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

• NBC has a pretty nice NFL schedule to start the season. It opened with Indianapolis and New Orleans, which turned out to be a dud but on paper, appeared solid. Last Sunday it was the Giants-Cowboys in a scoring feast and this Sunday night it’s San Diego at New England.

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Last January, the Pats eliminated the 15-2 Chargers from the playoffs. Next Sunday, NBC has Dallas at Chicago, not bad, either.

• The Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship begins with Sunday’s 300-lap race at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H., at 1 p.m. on ABC.  Five former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champions are among the 12 drivers in the Chase. Defending champion Jimmie Johnson, winner of the past two races, is the top seed entering the Chase and is joined by former champions Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch.

• Paul Allen and Jeff Dubay did their "PA and Dubay Show’’ this morning from Gander Mountain in Rochester. The show airs daily from 9 a.m. to noon on KWEB-AM (1270).

Paul Christian is a Post-Bulletin sports writer. He writes a weekly Friday column dealing with TV and radio sports and can be reached at pchristian@postbulletin.com

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