MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's annual spring football game is Saturday and it's possible that a $10 ticket is the only way fans will be able to see it.
WVU and West Virginia Media Holdings are nearing the reality the Gold-Blue Game won't be televised. West Virginia Media televised the game the last two years, but the university's self-enforced review of the Request For Proposal (RFP) process to bid out its multimedia rights has kept the two sides from negotiating a contract to televise Saturday's game.
As part of the review, which is looking into WVU's proposed partnership with IMG College and West Virginia Media for the athletic department's Tier 3 properties, none of the parties are allowed to communicate.
"It's possible, certainly, but I would say at this point it is undetermined," Deputy Director of Athletics Mike Parsons said.
A potential break arrived late Sunday night, though. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who WVU invited to join the review last month, announced he'd have a news conference this morning to unveil his findings. If he clears WVU of any impropriety, WVU and West Virginia Media would be able to talk again.
West Virginia Media owns eight television stations in the Charleston/Huntington, Morgantown/Clarksburg, Beckley/Bluefield and Wheeling/Steubenville, Ohio markets. President Bray Cary said his company paid WVU $20,500 for the game in 2011 and 2012.
Cary said his company could hold on through the end of the week.
"The (advertising) sales would be limited because of the time," he said. "We could make the decision probably up until Friday. I think it would be hard to pull it together on Saturday. I suppose the short answer is anything is possible."
Coach Dana Holgorsen found positives in not having the game televised. It wouldn't be available for opponents who might use it to get an idea about a WVU team with so many new players and coaches. He also hoped it would increase attendance, not only for his team, but for the WVU Children's Hospital. A portion of the game's proceeds goes to the hospital, and WVU has donated more than $680,000 to the Children's Hospital the last 28 years.
"The spring game is about fans coming out and getting a glimpse at what the 2013 team could look like and enjoy a simulated, festive game atmosphere," he said. "Everyone misses football this time of year. The spring game gives the real fans something to come out and watch."
Cary said the topic of televising the game for the third straight season had been raised, though before the parties were prohibited from interacting Feb. 19.