CoverageCo submits plan, but future of rural 911 service not certain

first_imgby Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine CoverageCo submitted a preliminary plan on Saturday for restoring and expanding its rural cell/e911 service, nearly all of which is currently shut down. And it could remain shut down unless Consolidated Communications, the state’s largest telecom, either comes back on board or a different telecommunications solution presents itself.The Vermont Department of Public Service will now consider the plan and either move forward with CoverageCo or issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to consider any bidder for the rural cell service.”We are reviewing the plan. I do not have a specific timeline, but are reviewing it as quickly and thoroughly as possible,” Clay Purvis, Director, Telecommunications and Connectivity at the Department of Public Service, told Vermont Business Magazine.CoverageCo, as first reported by VBM in March, fell into deep financial trouble after its founder Vanu Bose, of the Bose audio family, unexpectedly died last November. CoverageCo had recently boasted of new service in rural parts of Vermont, including at Twin Valley Middle/High School in Windham County. But service rapidly started to fall off across the state. Twin Valley and the surrounding area soon went dark as did the area around Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. While the hospital worked with the state and AT&T to set up a mobile site there, nearly all the rest of the CoverageCo sites, initially about 160, have gone dark.The state owns the hardware. The service was mainly employed in the far south and far north of the state.The new CoverageCo plan includes one of its original investors. They have grand plans to extend the service to nearly 500 sites and upgrade it eventually to a 4G/LTE network from the current 2G service, with its inherent data limitations.A couple of the roadblocks to the service ever taking off was that CoverageCo had to pay the state 911 geolocation fees and, more importantly, AT&T declined to offer roaming on the system. AT&T is the largest cell provider in Vermont and therefore revenue was limited.AT&T subsequently joined the network in May 2018 and new funding for the 911 geolocation should be available in the new state budget. But then Consolidated dropped out.Consolidated was owed more than $100,000 by CoverageCo. Unlike, say, Green Mountain Power and the state who continued to provide service despite the arrears, Consolidated had had enough of not getting paid. CoverageCo had made a good-faith payment to Consolidated in May and promised they would keep up with their bills moving forward. But apparently that was not good enough and Consolidated pulled its DSL service, which allowed the calls and data to get through.CoverageCo appealed to the state Public Utilities Commission for an emergency renewal of service, thus forcing Consolidated to keep operating.  But the PUC ruled in June that it did not have jurisdiction because the Internet is regulated by the federal government and DSL is considered Internet.There is no obvious replacement for Consolidated. Telephone companies have monopoly service areas, while cable and fiber companies tend not to extend service into the low-density areas where CoverageCo intentionally was dedicated to operate. In filing its plan, CoverageCo took issue with Consolidated, not only because of CoverageCo’s recent payment and promise, but also because Consolidated (then FairPoint Communications) itself received concessions from state regulators in 2010 in order to remain viable.CoverageCo wrote in its plan: “It is ironic that in 2010 FairPoint Communications received many millions of dollars in concessions from the State of Vermont and ratepayers (who were due service-quality refunds) in order for the company to be able to maintain operations in the state, and yet the same organization under Consolidated now prevents Vermonters and visitors from having access to the 911 emergency calling that the state-owned network operated by CoverageCo provides.”SEE FULL PLAN AS SUBMITTED JUNE 30, 2018, BELOWLow population densities, high mountains and low valleys all discourage investment in rural cell phone service, whether it’s in Vermont or anywhere else. You don’t have to go very far into rural New York or New Hampshire, hardly at all in fact, before you lose cell coverage.Representative Laura Sibilia (I-Dover) has been a champion of rural cell service. Her constituents include villages and back roads in south-central Vermont: Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Stamford, Wardsboro and a bit of Whitingham. Any place known as “Twin Valley” can be counted on to have difficult cell coverage.“The problem is solvable,” Sibilia told VBM in an email exchange last week. “There are other companies (other than CoverageCo) that actually can complete, fix, operate the project. It is my hope that an RFP soliciting for services goes out soon. It is disappointing and unacceptable that Vermonters have lost this service.”Vanu Bose’s idea was to use a low power, low tech, low cost system. Instead of building giant and expensive towers that may or may not reach into the gullies, these radio-based systems, known as microcells, would be installed directly along the roads.You’d need many to make it work and a public-private partnership to finance it. The big telecoms are not interested in building towers where there is little traffic because they make money only when people place a call, text or access data.The idea interested the state because it could help solve the low population, high mountain dilemma.CoverageCo also would bring emergency 911 service to these remote areas along with the basic cell service. The data service, and therefore revenue opportunities, might be sketchy, but it’d be better than nothing.Vermont taxpayers sunk $4 million into the project.Just last September, CoverageCo initiated service in Whitingham in Windham County and in North Troy, hard by the Canadian border near Newport. This included the Troy School in North Troy and Twin Valley Middle/High School in Whitingham.Sibilia said the service is now dark in her region.“This does include Twin Valley High School – a consolidated middle/high school district between Whitingham and Wilmington. It also includes the town of Readsboro,” she said.“Commissioner Tierney is giving CoverageCo ample opportunity to reverse their 5-year course of less than stellar project management – both implementation and financial,” Sibilia said. “She has stressed the need for our committee (Energy & Technology) and other concerned legislators to demonstrate patience and allow her time to negotiate a solution.”Clay Purvis, Director, Telecommunications and Connectivity at the Department of Public Service told VBM shortly before the preliminary plan was submitted: “CoverageCo has agreed to submit a business plan to us by the end of June. Department staff will carefully review that plan before taking action. We are hopeful that CoverageCo will produce a plan that addresses the system’s revenue challenges and gets the state-owned radios back online.“The General Assembly has given the Department the authority to spend $100,000 on the E-911 geolocation services, which we anticipate will be included in the final budget. In the last session, the General Assembly reauthorized the use of $900,000 in capital spending to complete the network buildout of the state-owned radios.”CoverageCo has been reorganized and the preliminary plan was prepared with the assistance of Trilogy Networks Inc of Plano, TX.Purvis’ boss, DPS Commissioner June Tierney, told Sibilia and other concerned legislators in a June 1 letter, in part, that: “The Department is awaiting both the end of the special session and the delivery of the plan before conclusively assessing the Company’s prospects in the near future for success or failure in meeting its contractual obligations to the State.“In light of all these circumstances, the Department has exercised restraint with respect to its contractual remedies vis-a-vis CoverageCo and in determining whether to issue an RFP seeking a successor vendor. To this point in time, such restraint has appeared advisable to best protect the public interest in preserving the availability of cell service in CoverageCo’s area of operations, given that the State made a capital investment of several million dollars in its partnership with CoverageCo between 2013 and early 2017.”In closing, she said: “I offer you my firm assurances that the Department will spare no effort in finding a reasonable and sustainable path forward in bringing reliable cell service to these affected Vermonters, as well as to others in our state who have yet to enjoy the benefit of this means of communication. Patience and sound policy vetting will be needed, though, to guard against repeating the setbacks and disappointing aspects of the CoverageCo that Vermonters are now experiencing.”The 2G cell network had several problems, technological and commercial. AT&T did not participate in the roaming network until May, while the other large carriers did (Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint). The 2G technology itself has rapidly become antiquated. There has also been “contention” issues in the current system, in which cell providers hand-off signals to each other.Richard Biby previously said that the system indeed needed an upgrade that would make the system more powerful, but which also would require new equipment. Biby initially worked with Bose, had a falling out, and was then put back in charge of what was left after Bose’s death. Biby still has a financial stake in the outcome from his previous relationship with the company, which he is now leading, at least in the interim.In a memo to the DPS dated April 23, 2018, he said: “CoverageCo’s revenue model and device placement strategy was originally based on national averages for cell phone use while driving. However, Vermonters use the phone on the road at a much lower rate than national average. The result is that the current average revenue per installation is $56/month/site, and because current operational costs are $135/month/site, this has led to a $79/month/site deficit.”Generally, the CoverageCo cell sites deliver a half-mile radius of cell service, depending on terrain and location.Of the 157 units that were operational at its peak, only the handful installed as post-Tropical Storm Irene contingencies, and self-powered with solar panels, are likely still operational.No one seems to know for sure how many others are still working and CoverageCo representatives have not returned requests for comment (“That’s an important part of the story,” Sibilia said.)Adding to its demise, in May Consolidated Communications discontinued providing vital DSL service, just as smaller vendors, both electric and telecom backhaul, have dropped service. Some of the hardware also is likely in disrepair.GMP has said it won’t disconnect power to the microcells in its service territory, but it’s not clear if any are still operational in any case.Trilogy Networks has taken the operational lead for CoverageCo. On May 23, Trilogy Executive Vice President Technical Operations Daniel Person wrote to Consolidated:“I can confirm that CoverageCo is committed to making payments going forward, as it has already done with the $8,275.95 monthly services payment that it made to Consolidated five days ago.“As a show of good faith in response to your concerns, the company is willing to pay the invoice issued around May 9th and due around June 6th as early as today instead of when it is due in a couple weeks. Please send along that invoice in order to ensure that the correct amount is paid.“The company intends to pay the next poll attachments invoice when it is issued. I am not aware of any commitment having been made to pay the past January poll attachments invoice, and such a payment would be inconsistent with how the company and its other business partners are working together to create a positive path forward, but if you understand such a commitment to have been made please let me know.“Thank you for your support on this.”In an email to VBM, when asked about Consolidated’s response to the payment and whether it was still providing service to CoverageCo, vice president for regulatory affairs Michael Schultz said: “None of Coverage Co services are operational in Consolidated’s service territory.”Consolidated supplied DSL service to about 120 microcells, or the vast majority of the system.CoverageCo owes Consolidated at least $100,000 and even if payments are made going forward, as of this writing there was no plan to pay off the arrears.Consolidated cut off service to CoverageCo on May 23, 2018.CoverageCo then petitioned the PUC as an emergency order to force Consolidated to restore the DSL it provided to the system.As a regulator, the PUC has significant power over utilities to maintain the public good. But in this case, it lamented that DSL is a federal issue and the state has no jurisdiction and therefore dismissed the case.“We do not doubt that Consolidated’s decision has led to a decrease in cell phone coverage – and access to 911 via cell phones – in certain areas. Our decision today does not depend at all on the size of the area that is affected. We are troubled by the possibility of even a single person being delayed in contacting 911 in an emergency situation because CoverageCo can no longer provide the cell phone service it previously provided,” the PUC commissioners wrote in their opinion dated June 18.As Consolidated and the Department (Vermont Department of Public Service) note in their filings in this proceeding, federal law places significant limitations on our ability to address the issues related to non-payment for DSL service that have now led to a lack of access to 911 via cell phones.“The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has held that the specific service Consolidated provides to CoverageCo – DSL service, a broadband service that the FCC classifies as an information service – cannot be regulated by state public utility commissions. The federal courts have accepted this distinction and agreed with the FCC that a purely information service cannot be regulated by states. We agree with Consolidated and the Department that we lack jurisdiction in this matter.”CoverageCo won a contract from the Vermont Telecommunications Authority in 2012 to set up 357 micro cell sites that use proprietary radio signals to allow for cell service in rural areas of the state.But only 160 sites were ever operational, according to Purvis.The VTA was eventually folded into the Department of Public Service.The fact that it was a contractual, public-private relationship and not a regulatory one is also creating issues because there is no requirement on the part of CoverageCo, as there would be with a utility, to maintain the service. To end service, a regulated entity would have to apply to the Public Utilities Commission in order to abandon it. In this case, the various utility and backhaul providers can just cut off the local service, just as they could for anyone not paying, say, their cable bill.Nor can the state simply require CoverageCo or the vendors to tell them what is going on and reveal who all the vendors are.The PUC ruling reinforced those regulatory limitations.CoverageCo was founded by Vanu Bose, son of Amar Bose, the audio pioneer. Vanu Bose died unexpectedly at 52 last November in Boston of a pulmonary embolism.The Vermont operation was then left in a lurch.Stephen Whitaker, an individual advocate, watchdog and a frequent thorn in the side to various administrations, including this one, has been pushing hard for the state to be more urgent in keeping the CoverageCo system alive.Long before the PUC dismissed the CoverageCo case and offered serious concern to the loss of e911 service, Whitaker already had foreseen the demise of CoverageCo, the loss of rural service and the failure of the e911 service that went with it.“All it takes is one person dying in one of the areas that had one of those 911 sites,” Whitaker told VBM in the spring as the system started to lose cells.In the 12 months ending last March 1,215 e911 calls were made on the system.last_img read more

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‘Raid Local’: team of British sporting legends race for Parkinson’s

first_img Related On Sunday 28th June, led by Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall MBE, a team of sporting icons will unite for the ‘Raid Local’ cycle challenge in support of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT).With the cancellation of CPT’s six-day ‘Raid Alpine’ fundraising cycle challenge, a COVID-safe version has been organised. This lets participants take on the first day of the challenge – covering 137km in distance and 3,700m of ascent – either in their local area or at home on virtual cycling platform Zwift.To put this into context, 3700m is the ascent from Mt Everest Base Camp to the Summit. The team will be doing all that, on a bike, in one day.While Mike Tindall, who was due to take part in the ‘Raid Alpine’, will tackle this challenge on the hills of Gloucestershire, his team of celebrity stars will lead the virtual ‘Raid Local’ on Zwift. This will involve identical distances and ascents, split into three consecutive stages. The team includes:Olympic and World Champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy (leading stage 1)Ex-English Rugby International Austin Healey (leading stage 2)Ex-Welsh Rugby International and World Rugby Player of the Year 2008 Shane Williams MBE (leading stage 3)Rugby World Cup winner Iain Balshaw MBE (sweeper across all 3 stages)The team will also be joined by:Olympic skeleton racing Gold Medallist 2010 Amy Williams MBEProfessional golfer and seven-time Ryder Cup winner Lee Westwood OBETV and radio broadcaster Kirsty GallacherThe Raid Local team note that, with over one million users, Zwift allows remote cyclists to connect with others in the virtual world and ride together. The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) is offering the unique opportunity to ride virtually alongside the sporting celebrities, with participants being able to ask the celebrity lead riders questions via the in-event messaging facility.The virtual Raid Local will run at precisely the same time as the ‘Raid Local’ taking place in parallel on local roads throughout the country. The ‘Grand Depart’ around the country and on Zwift, led by Mike and Sir Chris, will be 08:00 BST on 28th June.To join the unique event on Zwift, CPT is asking for riders to donate £20, or more if they are able, to the charity’s ‘Raid Local’ JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/campaign/RaidLocalAlternatively, riders can join Mike Tindall riding outdoors, by taking to their local roads and donating or raising money for the charity.CPT currently faces a large loss of income due to the effects of COVID-19. Donations from Raid Local are needed now, more than ever, for CPT’s work to find a cure for Parkinson’s to continue.www.cureparkinsons.org.uk/news/raidlocallast_img read more

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Rancho Encanto shopping center sells for $8 Million

first_imgCushman & Wakefield, a global leader in commercial real estate services, announced the sale of Rancho Encanto, a grocery-anchored neighborhood shopping center at 3434 W. Greenway Road in Phoenix on behalf of the seller, Weingarten Nostat, Inc. of Houston. Los Angeles-based Massco Investments, LLC purchased the 70,859 square foot property for $8 million.Cushman & Wakefield Executive Managing Directors Ryan Schubert and Michael Hackett represented the seller.“The value-add potential, along with the high-profile rent roll and superior visibility of this property made it a remarkable investment opportunity,” according to Mr. Schubert.Built in 1988, Rancho Encanto is located on the northeast corner of Greenway Road and 35th Avenue with four points of access, two along Greenway Road and two along 35th Avenue. The center’s anchor, Smart & Final, occupies approximately 41% of the total leasable space in the property. Additional tenants include UFC Gym/LA Boxing, Springleaf Financial, Tandy Leather, Little Caesar’s Pizza and Southwest Title. The property was 75.3% leased at the time of sale.The successful merger of Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ closed September 1, 2015. The firm now operates under the iconic Cushman & Wakefield brand and has a new visual identity and logo that position the firm for the future and reflect its trusted global legacy and wider history. The new Cushman & Wakefield is led by Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Brett White and Global President Tod Lickerman. The company is majority owned by an investor group led by TPG, PAG, and OTPP.last_img read more

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Diocletian’s Palace has the opportunity to get a commercial LEGO replica of over five thousand cubes

first_imgPassionate collector of LEGO sets Ilija Šundov created a digital model of Diocletian’s Palace on the Lego Digital Designer application, through which creatives and fans of dice present their own vision of the ideal LEGO set to the public. Solutions that collect 10.000 votes will be analyzed by an expert LEGO commission that decides on the commercialization of the project.Diocletian’s Palace currently has 2.000 votes, and there are 238 days left to collect the required votes. Anyone who wants one of the most popular domestic tourist attractions, which is also under the protection of UNESCO, to come to life as a LEGO set available for sale, can cast their vote at this link.The digital project of Diocletian’s Palace was made by Ilija Šundov from Split for about six months, paying attention to every detail of the original shape of the palace from 305, with military and logistics facilities in the northern and imperial and religious rooms in the southern part of the palace. In order to turn the project into something tangible, he started making a model that lasted just as long – due to the limited quantities of the required cube, Ilija procured for almost half a year, both directly from LEGA and from private collectors and unofficial LEGO stores. He made the final product of his work at 20 pm, and the model in the final version was composed of as many as 5.468 cubes.Apart from an excellent creative idea, the LEGO Palace is also an innovative way of promoting domestic tourism – both Split and Croatia as a destination characterized by numerous historical and cultural sights. Driven by a child’s passion for LEGO bricks, the author Ilija Šundov says that he did not choose the motif by chance. “I see LEGO Diocletian’s Palace as an opportunity to further promote Split and Croatia in a different way, tailored to new generations and modern tourists.”, Pointed out Ilija. “Assembling Lego sets is a passion that has only grown stronger since childhood, and this seemed to me to be an ideal opportunity to make something special out of a hobby.”.You can also participate in achieving this goal! Register on the official Lego Ideas website in minutes, cast your vote and together we can build LEGO Diocletian’s Palace! Detailed voting instructions can be found at Facebook page.last_img read more

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Wrestling: Airline dominates Byrd and Evangel in tri-meet

first_imgThe Airline Vikings defeated Evangel Christian Academy 72-9 and Byrd 72-12 in a tri-meet last night.The Vikings won all but two matches against Byrd.Winners were Tucker Almond (113), Thomas Barringer (120), JuJu Jones (126), Kyler Barringer (138), Tony Lococo (145), Jaydan Juneau (152), Christian Walden (160), Darrell Evans (170), Keegan Gilligan (182), Alex Davila (195), Cameron Davis (220) and Pierce Peairs (285).Byrd winners were Clay Celli (106) and Alex Williams (132).The Vikings also won all but two matches against Evangel.Winners were Dakota Brice (106), Thomas Barringer, Jones, Joshua Partin (132), Kyler Barringer, Lococo, Juneau, Walden, Evans, Gilligan, Davila and Davis.Evangel winners were Richard Mack III (106) and Joseph Presley (285). — Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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SEC’s Sankey shaping future of college sports

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Greg Sankey is limping around on a knee that is feeling the effects of 41 marathons, most of which he has run during the last 12 years when he has been working as the Southeastern Conference commissioner’s right-hand man.A few years back Sankey decided to run a marathon a month for a year. He ended up doing it for 15 straight months, and one month he ran two.The 50-year-old upstate New Yorker-turned-honorary-Southerner has never shied away from taking on challenges. And he may have a big one coming up next year.As the SEC’s executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer since March 2012, he’s been handling day-to-day operations while Commissioner Mike Slive worked on major projects such as the SEC Network and the College Football Playoff.The 74-year-old Slive announced Tuesday he will retire in July 2015. Sankey could very well be his replacement.”Bottom line, I think he has the potential to be one of the truly great leaders in intercollegiate athletics,” Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said.The foundation of college sports is being threatened in the courts, and their structure is being revamped. Sankey embraces the task of plotting a course for their future.”Part of my effort to educate myself is trying to learn history. Where we’ve been and why,” he said in a lengthy interview with the AP at the start of the football season. “One of the things you learn is it has always been a bit of a struggle, the tension between the existence of college athletics on campus.”From a core standpoint it exists on our campuses because it’s centered on education. Sometimes there’s stress in there. There are problematic stories. There are volumes of great stories.”Sankey grew up in Auburn, New York, and went to college to be an engineer. That lasted about two years. He said he still remembers the spot in the garage of his childhood home where he told his father, a pipefitter, that he wanted to teach and coach basketball.”So I became a phys. ed. major,” he said. “It’s like the most extreme transition you can make educationally.”Intellectual curiosity and willingness to make do have guided Sankey’s career. His first leap of faith was moving to Natchitoches, Louisiana, almost three decades ago, so he could take a job as an intern in the athletic department at Northwestern State, making “$500 dollars a month, stuffing envelopes.”He eventually moved to the league office at the Southland Conference, working in compliance. At 31, he became commissioner.”My Dad, I took him to the Final Four when I was Southland commissioner. He said, ‘I think you made the right decision,’” Sankey said.When Slive became SEC commissioner in 2002, he walked into a conference that was an NCAA compliance wreck. Nine of the 12 programs were either under investigation or on probation. Soon after he started, a 10th was being investigated.Fixing the problem was Slive’s top priority, and he hired Sankey to help him.”We both saw and understood the issues and what it would take to make the cultural change that we have been successful making,” Slive said.The SEC currently has three programs on NCAA probation, but Sankey proudly notes the problems have been more isolated incidents and that schools are better equipped to root out problems.”We have 12 compliance staff on some of our campuses now versus one or two paying attention. Our coaches know these are not just compliance issues,” he said. “These are matters that relate to institutional integrity from the public.”Sankey’s strength is breaking down complex issues and making them more accessible, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said.”Anytime we’re in a meeting and the agenda comes up with NCAA issues whether it’s legislation or autonomy discussions, it’s the Greg Sankey show,” Stricklin said. “He’s the guy that walks us through things that a lot of times can be a lot of minutiae.”Sankey has played a pivotal role behind the scenes in NCAA reform that has led to the SEC, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 being given legislative autonomy.”He’s been tracking it. Developing it. Writing the white paper, presenting the white papers. Taking feedback. Making modifications. His value to the ongoing reform effort, it just can’t be overstated,” Banowsky said.Having seen life from both sides of Division I, SEC and FCS, Sankey has been a bridge-builder during reform.”He has the ability to listen and understand the important interests of others, and he has the ability to see what’s important to his constituency and move that agenda forward and then understand where there might be conflict and try to identify ways to solve the conflict,” Banowsky said.Sankey said it’s hard to predict the future of college athletics because so much could be determined by outside pressures, specifically court cases that could require more revenues being directed toward football and men’s basketball players. He hopes autonomy creates a more nimble NCAA and a healthier version of college sports.”I think the NCAA should exist, will exist and it has to foster those opportunities in this education environment,” he said.Figuring out where college sports are headed is Sankey’s job.He seems to be in it for the long run.___Folllow Ralph D. Russo at http://www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAPlast_img read more

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Why doesn’t Michigan play more night games at the Big House?

first_imgWhy not have that on display more often? Michigan’s path to prime-time games is part of the evolving college football story, and Saturday is the next chapter.MORE: Full betting preview for Notre Dame vs. MichiganWhy Michigan didn’t play night games at home? Longtime Michigan coach Bo Schembechler did not enjoy night games. The first night game in the rivalry with Notre Dame was in South Bend in 1982, and the Irish won 23-17.  Schembechler resisted the urge to move Michigan games to prime time. In fact, Michigan Stadium did not have permanent lights.  “We used to tell the TV stations that we’re going to tee the ball up at one o’clock,” Schembechler told the Detroit Free Press in 2017. “If you want to come down and take your little pictures, feel free.” Michigan changed that philosophy in 2010, when the university announced it would install permanent lights at the Big House. That led to the first night game at home against Notre Dame.  When was the first night game at Michigan Stadium?The Wolverines and Fighting Irish played a thrilling night game in the first game under the lights at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011.  Notre Dame built a 24-7 lead in the third quarter before Michigan rallied behind Denard Robinson, who helped the Wolverines score 28 points in the fourth quarter.  Robinson’s 16-yard TD pass to Roy Roundtree with two seconds remaining capped the victory Michigan home night game recordThe Wolverines are 6-1 in night home games. Here is a look at the scores of those games:   Sept. 10, 2011: Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31  Sept. 7, 2013: No. 17 Michigan 41, No. 14 Notre Dame 30  Oct. 11, 2014: Michigan 18, Penn State 13  Oct. 7, 2017: Michigan State 14, No. 7 Michigan 10  Nov. 4, 2017: Michigan 33, Minnesota 10  Oct. 13, 2018: No. 12 Michigan 38, No. 15 Wisconsin 13  Aug. 31, 2019: No. 7 Michigan 40, Middle Tennessee State 21 Oct. 26, 2019: No. 19 Michigan vs. No.8 Notre Dame Night games against Notre Dame  The 2011 game started a trend. Saturday marks the sixth straight consecutive night game between the Irish and Wolverines.  Notre Dame won 13-6 in South Bend on Sept. 22, 2012, and Michigan returned the favor with a 41-30 victory in the second night game at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 7, 2013.  The last two meetings have been at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish beat the Wolverines 31-0 on Sept. 6, 2014; and 24-17 on Sept. 1, 2018.   No. 19 Michigan faces No. 8 Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday in at Michigan Stadium in the program’s eighth night game at home.  The Big House doesn’t have many games under the lights, and that might seem strange to the average college football considering the Wolverines have the most wins (958) of any FBS program and Michigan Stadium has the largest capacity of any college football venue at 107,601.   Why Michigan vs. Ohio State won’t be a night game The Big Ten’s television deal with FOX should lead to more night games at Michigan Stadium.  Just don’t expect The Game with Ohio State to move from its traditional noon kickoff.   At least the late Schembechler would be happy some traditions stay the same.last_img read more

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