Cox Sports Television delayed the airing of LSU’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday in the Wally Pontiff Classic at Zephyr Field, sending Tigers fans into an uproar. The game was tape-delayed - about two innings behind - after a softball game between Arkansas and Tulsa ran about a half-hour behind on the network.
Ronnie Rantz, on the broadcast for the game, made the decision to delay the broadcast of the game because of advertising obligations, he told The Advocate.
Fans blasted the network on social media.
LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette annually play once a year, and this meeting comes in the Wally Pontiff Classic, a game played yearly in Metairie and named for former LSU player Wally Pontiff Jr. who died at 21 of a heart abnormality in 2002.
The Tigers, 23-5 before the game, are ranked in the top 5 in all of the major baseball polls. The 10,000-seat Zephyr Field was nearly filled to capacity by the third inning of the game.
LSU took an early 6-2 lead in the third.