UW athletic department officials were frustrated by the broadcast snafu.

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Seattle might owe NASCAR truck driver Johnny Sauter an apology.

Never heard of Sauter? Well, if you’re a Comcast customer in Seattle, you’re not alone. And if you’re a Husky in Seattle who happens to have cable TV through Comcast, you probably weren’t the only one cursing Sauter’s name Friday night either.

After all, it wasn’t Sauter’s fault that Fox Sports 1 elected to show the end of the Lucas Oil 150 race from Phoenix — which ran 45 minutes long — instead of the showing the start of the Washington-Stanford game, as was scheduled.

For many Husky fans in Seattle, the frustration of watching the Huskies lose was exacerbated by not having an opportunity to watch the best part of the Huskies’ performance on Fox Sports 1.

It wasn’t until the moment after the final play of the first quarter that FS1’s coverage of the truck race ended and the broadcast shifted to Stanford Stadium (and then — doh — the broadcast immediately went to commercial). The Huskies entered the second quarter leading 7-0.

With the truck race running long, Fox Sports had moved the football game broadcast over to Fox Sports 2. The problem with that? Comcast in Seattle does not offer FS2.


UW athletic department officials were frustrated by the broadcast snafu.

“We relayed our displeasure about the situation to the Pac-12,” UW spokesman Carter Henderson wrote to The Times, “and we are asking fans to voice their feedback with FOX, who ultimately makes the decisions about which of their networks will air the games.”

This wasn’t the first time a Pac-12 game was bumped off FS1 for a NASCAR event. A week before UW-Stanford, the Utah-UCLA game also began on FS2, according to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.