Showdown for Relief
Sunday's Mizzou-Kansas charity game will be available via pay-per-view.
The Border War is back. Even for those without tickets.
Both universities announced Friday that Showdown for Relief, the sold-out charity exhibition game between Mizzou Men’s Basketball and Kansas will be available via pay-per-view for $40.
The game, which is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tipoff on Sunday, October 22, will be accessible to fans at www.ShowdownForRelief.com. Both universities suggested that those intending to watch the telecast subscribe as soon as possible.
The exhibition game will be called by familiar voices, veteran Kansas City broadcaster Leif Lisec will be on play-by-play, with Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe serving as analyst and sideline reporter respectively. All three announcers are donating their time and talent to the cause.
As with ticket sales, all proceeds from the telecast will benefit hurricane relief.
“Our first objective was to sell out Sprint Center,” the two schools said jointly Friday in a press release. “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.”
On Tuesday, Mizzou’s student ticket allotment sold out in two minutes. Mizzou students were allowed to purchase two tickets each, and Tiger Scholarship Fund members were each allowed to purchase up to 12 tickets.
On Wednesday, at SEC Media Day, Michael Porter Jr., Kevin Puryear and Cuonzo Martin were all on hand to talk about the excitement.
“Bill and I came together and thought it’ll be a tremendous opportunity to raise money,” Martin said. “It wasn’t so much about the two teams playing and competing. That’s a bonus part in my opinion. It’s just coming together and generating revenues for some families that have been hit in a tough way.”
“I don’t think either team will be clicking on all cylinders,” said Martin, understanding that neither teams will have practiced for more than two weeks by Sunday. “To expect to see a team that you would probably see in December or January, I don’t think you’ll see anything like that.”
On Thursday, Self told media that players will be allowed seven fouls.
“It’s Mizzou and Kansas, there is no bigger rivalry in college basketball,” said Michael Porter Jr. “I know both teams are going to go out there, and even if it’s a scrimmage, we’re going to play our hardest. And we’re going for the win.”