GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators’ 2017 home opener against Northern Colorado will have an earlier start time on Saturday and no television broadcast.
Due to the impending threat of Hurricane Irma, the game will kick off at noon instead of 7:30 p.m. and will only be streamed live on the SEC Network+, which can be accessed through WatchESPN.
Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said that because Florida is playing a non-marquee, nonconference matchup, there wasn’t as much concern about making sure the game was televised. At the end of the day, he said, Florida, the athletic department, and the City of Gainesville put a priority on safety for all involved.
“We’re not going to be able to be on a linear network because the SEC Network already has a game at that time,” Stricklin said. “We will be on the streaming devices, which obviously more and more people are getting accustomed to using. It’ll still be available through streaming.
“With other cancellations, there might be a window that one of our TV partners can put us on over on a linear channel, but we’re not anticipating that at this point. At the end of the day, the safety thing was our overriding concern. Not the TV thing.”
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