Thursday, August 18, 2011

Prep football: No plans yet to televise Bosco-Manatee game

It doesn't appear that Manatee's game against New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 as part of the Manatee Memorial Hospital Suncoast Challenge at Hawkins Stadium, will be shown on television.

"We had ESPN for both games, but the problem was they wanted to televise it at 5 and 8:30 (p.m.)," said Ken Halloy, president of Halloy Boy Sports Marketing, which is running the event. "Five was too early, and it was non-negotiable."

Halloy said there is a possibility of switching the Manatee-Bosco game to 8:30 p.m., and televising it.

But as of now, the times appear to be static, with Tampa Plant and Bergen Catholic, another Jersey team, set to follow Manatee-Bosco at 8:30 p.m.

"We're just so tight on crunch time right now," Halloy said following Thursday morning's press conference at Manatee Memorial Hospital. "We've got all these people traveling from New Jersey, and you don't want to disrupt their schedule. I think we're going to hold pat right now."

Halloy said Bright House Sports Network has expressed interest in broadcasting the games locally.

"We'll sit down and go over all the options. Manatee was going to be on ESPN, the second game was going to be on ESPN 2," Halloy said. "We just thought 5 o'clock, for people to get to the stadium, was just too early."


  1. Gosh, this Halloy guy obviously knows nothing about business. He's got a shot to get his own event broadcast on ESPN but he's passing on that...for one measely hour? Look, 6pm is earlier than a normal game anyway. What difference does one hour really make? Only a national televison deal with ESPN!

  2. What a joke. So the team misses out on a national tv audience b/c the promotor is worried he won't make the money if start is at 5. Here's how u maximize money. Move the games to espn, hold the pep rally at MHS as planned and make the showcase game #2. The stadium will be pack with Plant fans while MHS gets ready then the place will fill to 10-12k fans to watch the home team take down #1 in nation!!! Everyone is going to want to say they were there. And to boot now there is no way to watch our boys in Maryland either unless u want to sit in the school lunch room for 3 1/2 hours. Don't be so G.D. Cheap and make the game public viewing on the Internet Kinnan!,

  3. What a raw deal, how can you ever think to pass up a chance to see Don Bosco on national TV. MHS has a great fan base following but the NJ Boys will eat them up. Bosco should agree to play St. Thomas but they declined because they would lose and that would settle the National Title in the third week of play. Tony The Stick, Boca Raton, FL