Big game should be big night for bars
Kyle Geissler talks with Janesville Gazette business editor Jim Leute about the options Packer fans have for watching Thursday's game.
JANESVILLE For many local Packer fans, Thursday’s plans include house parties or perhaps a standing-room-only spot at one of the area bars showing the Green Bay-Dallas game.
“We’re expecting quite a crowd, even though many other bars now have Dish and Direct TV,” said Darlene Cunningham, manager at HHFFRRRGGH in Janesville.
HHFFRRRGGH has six TVs in its bar area and will add one in the non-smoking dining room. The bar was packed for last season’s Packers-Vikings game on the NFL Network and has had good crowds for Badger football games on the Big Ten Network.
Legends tavern in downtown Janesville also was packed for last year’s Green Bay-Minnesota game on the NFL Network. The same turnout is expected Thursday night, owner Tim Millis said.
“I always get a good football crowd, but that game last year was more than I ever expected,” Millis said.
As for the dispute between the cable companies and the sports networks, Cunningham and Millis are happy with their positions on the sidelines.
“For so long, we were on the short end of the stick because we couldn’t get cable,” Cunningham said. “We were never able to get all those games that were on cable. Now we’re benefiting.”
Millis said he’s heard plenty of fans complaining that they can’t get Thursday night’s game at home.
“There is an option,” he said. “They can switch. I just hate to see the legislators get involved. Before there was satellite, you didn’t hear anyone saying that Charter was a monopoly and that there should be more competition.”
The cash registers at HHFFRRRGGH, Legends and other establishments certainly will sing as long as the dispute continues. Seven of the eight Badgers basketball games so far this year have aired on the Big Ten Network, which also will carry 13 of Wisconsin’s 24 remaining games.