FAYETTEVILLE -- For the first time in nine years, University of Arkansas men's basketball fans will be able to watch the Razorbacks play a game in North Little Rock without being at Simmons Bank Arena.
Arkansas' game against Lipscomb on Dec. 16 will be streamed by SEC Network-Plus, according to the SEC TV schedule released Thursday. It will be the first time a Razorback game has been streamed from the arena.
The high cost of independently producing an off-campus broadcast has previously been cited by Arkansas' leadership as the reason games in North Little Rock were played without a video stream. The games are designated as home games for the Razorbacks, which cause them to fall under the SEC's TV parameters. As such, Arkansas is responsible for producing a broadcast if the games are not picked up by one of the SEC's TV partners.
A source said Thursday that the Razorbacks have recently received a video encoder that will allow for transmission to SEC Network at a significantly reduced cost.
The last time a Razorback game was televised from North Little Rock was in December 2014 when Arkansas defeated Southeast Missouri State 84-67 on the SEC Network.
The Razorbacks have since played seven games at the arena, including some thrillers. Arkansas' first non-televised game at the arena was a 69-66 victory over Mercer in overtime in December 2015.
In December 2019, Arkansas Coach Eric Musselman's first team overcame a late eight-point deficit to beat Valparaiso 72-68. The Razorbacks' second Elite Eight team under Musselman was stunned at North Little Rock in December 2021 in an 89-81 loss to Hofstra.
Arkansas will have seven no-conference games and all 18 SEC games shown on linear networks in the upcoming season. All other games will be streamed on SEC Network-Plus.
Every Arkansas game but one will be shown on an ESPN affiliated network or stream. The March 2 game at Kentucky will be televised by CBS, marking the third consecutive season a game between the Razorbacks and the Wildcats will be shown on CBS.
The Razorbacks and Wildcats have played on CBS 17 times since 1994-95.
A Jan. 27 game between Arkansas and Kentucky in Fayetteville will be televised by ESPN.
Arkansas' Oct. 28 exhibition game against Purdue at Walton Arena will be streamed by SEC Network-Plus beginning at 3 p.m. No stream is planned for the Razorbacks' first exhibition against Texas-Tyler on Oct. 20.
There will also be no stream for the Red-White Showcase on Oct. 4 at Barnhill Arena.
Arkansas basketball schedule
All times Central
Nov. 6;Alcorn State (SECN+);7 p.m.
Nov. 10;Gardner-Webb (SECN+); 7 p.m.
Nov. 13;Old Dominion (SECN+) 7 p.m.
Nov. 17;UNC Greensboro, SECN+, 7 p.m.
Nov. 22;Stanford^ (ESPNU);6:30 p.m.
Nov. 23;Michigan or Memphis^ (ESPN/ESPNU);TBD
Nov. 29;Duke (ESPN);8:15 p.m.
Dec. 4;Furman (SECN+);7 p.m.
Dec. 9;Oklahoma# (TBA);TBA
Dec. 16;Lipscomb$ (SECN+);5 p.m.
Dec. 21;Abilene Christian (SECN);6 p.m.
Dec. 30;UNC Wilmington (SECN);6 p.m.
Jan. 6;Auburn* (ESPN2);TBA
Jan. 10;at Georgia* (ESPN2/ESPNU);8 p.m.
Jan. 13;at Florida* (ESPN);4 p.m.
Jan. 16;Texas A&M* (SECN);8 p.m.
Jan. 20;South Carolina* (SECN);noon
Jan. 24;at Ole Miss* (ESPN2/ESPNU);8 p.m.
Jan. 27;Kentucky* (ESPN);5 p.m.
Jan. 31;at Missouri* (SECN);7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3;at LSU* (ESPN/ESPN2);11 a.m.
Feb. 10;Georgia* (SECN);5 p.m.
Feb. 14;Tennessee* (ESPN2);8 p.m.
Feb. 17;at Miss. State* (ESPN/ESPN2);1 p.m.
Feb. 20;at Texas A&M* (ESPN);6 p.m.
Feb. 24;Missouri* (ESPN/ESPN2);11 a.m.
Feb. 27;Vanderbilt* (SECN);8 p.m.
March 2;at Kentucky* (CBS);12:30 p.m.
March 6;LSU* (SECN);6 p.m.
March 9;at Alabama* (ESPN);11 a.m.
^Battle 4 Atlantis, Bahamas
#BOK Center, Tulsa
$Simmons Bank Arena, North Little Rock