By R.L. Bynum
Finding North Carolina’s Wednesday home game against Boston College on television may be a challenge for some fans.
Although you might see it listed as an ESPN3 offering, it will be blacked out in all areas, including North Carolina, where the game is offered on a regional sports network.
For North Carolina, that network is Bally Sports South (formerly called Fox Sports South), which Spectrum cable, AT&T U-verse, DirecTV and DirecTV Stream offer. If your provider offers MASN (that includes Fios TV, Charter, Comcast Xfinity and Cox cable), the channel that airs Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals games, the game will also air on that channel.
If you subscribe to other services, such as Dish Network, YouTubeTV or fuboTV, you won’t have access to the game from your provider or (in most cases) ESPN3. If you are in that situation, one way to watch the game from home is to subscribe to DirecTV Stream. If you cancel within 14 days, you owe nothing. I did this so that I could watch UNC’s women’s game Sunday at Georgia Tech and have already canceled.
Short of that, your best bet is to either buy a ticket and head to the Smith Center for the 7 p.m. game or watch it at a sports bar. Tickets are available for purchase on UNC’s website.
Many providers have dropped regional sports networks in fee disputes. Dish Network hasn’t offered the channel now called Bally Sports South since August 2019.
If you can find a way to watch the broadcast, you’ll hear Tom Werme handling the play-by-play and former Duke star Mike Gminski providing the color commentary.
The good news for fans who can’t watch the Boston College game? No UNC men’s games the rest of the season will air on regional sports networks.
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