Opening game only on Big Ten Network, but local bars will show game vs. YSU
COLUMBUS — Bar managers are calling in extra servers, checking their DirecTV connections and stocking up on buffalo wings and beer for the first Ohio State football game of the year, as fans without access to the new Big Ten Network crowd into restaurants and bars to watch Saturday's Youngstown State matchup.
The larger than expected turnout at bars in Columbus and elsewhere in Ohio comes two days after the Big Ten Network went on the air, mostly through DirecTV.
Many local bars say they’ll be airing the Ohio State football game on Saturday.
In Elyria, Harry Buffalo and Buffalo Wild Wings, both on Midway Mall Boulevard, will be airing the game, while in Amherst, Church Street hotspots Ziggy’s and Church Street Bar and Grille will have it on.
The company is still trying to reach deals with the country's two largest cable operators, Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., and it's asking that the regional sports network be carried on those companies' basic cable packages in Big Ten media markets.