Mizzou-Kansas basketball exhibition available on pay per view
COLUMBIA, MO. • For Missouri fans unable to get tickets to Sunday’s sold-out basketball exhibition against Kansas, there’s now a way to watch the Showdown for Relief. The schools will make the game available on a pay-per-view live stream for $40.
The game tips off at 3 p.m. at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Fans can access the telecast by visiting at www.ShowdownforRelief.com. The schools are encouraging fans to subscribe to the game as soon as possible. All proceeds will go toward hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Kansas City broadcaster Leif Lisec will handle play-by-play duties and work with ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter).
“Our first objective was to sell out Sprint Center,” Missouri and Kansas said in a joint statement. “Once we achieved the sellout so quickly, our fans who could not get tickets expressed tremendous interest in having the game televised. We wanted to make sure that the charities we’ve identified would be the only entities to derive revenue from this game. SIDEARM Sports has provided the platform to allow us to create a second stream of revenue via this telecast.”
SIDEARM Sports, the website provider for both schools’ athletics departments, will waive all fees so that all revenue goes toward relief organizations Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The matchup will be the first meeting between the longtime Border War rivals since 2012. The teams are expected to allow seven fouls per player but will otherwise treat the game like a normal contest.
“Whenever you step on the floor you play to win,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said this week. “There will be officials. I mean, it’s a real game. … When you step on the floor as a player you’re competing. I don’t know too many guys who step on the floor and say, ‘Well, it’s preseason. I don’t want to get injured.’ You’re competing. We’re going to play to win the basketball game, as well as they will.”
Mizzou sold out of its allotment of 9,000 tickets in less than 15 minutes on Tuesday.