KU, MU say Showdown for Relief will be streamed on pay-per-view basis

Proceeds will also go toward hurricane relief
Posted at 5:49 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 13:46:20-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tickets for the Mizzou vs. Kansas men’s basketball exhibition sold out in less than 16 minutes on Tuesday, but fans who didn’t score a ticket will still be able to watch the charity game.

Friday, KU and MU tweeted that the Showdown for Relief will be available via Pay-Per-View, and that all of the telecast revenue will go towards hurricane relief, just as the proceeds from tickets will.

The cost is $40. Fans can watch the game by visiting

Game time is Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

MU and KU said fans should subscribe as soon as possible. 

While most agree the best seats are in the Sprint Center, local bars are getting ready to offer you the next best thing - possibly streaming the sold out game for fans.

Just across the street from the live action, Kyle Witherspoon, manager of Johnny’s Tavern, is preparing for the game by letting his staff know they should be ready to come in Sunday.

The hurricane relief game is expected to bring big crowds to the Power & Light District.

"I think it’s going to be a Big 12-like atmosphere down here. I know there’s a pep rally in the Live Block. I know it sold out in record time, and so we’re treating it like a block party on Sunday," said Witherspoon.

Witherspoon can’t say for sure that they’ll stream the game if it’s available, but he said it’s definitely a possibility.

"If we do have the opportunity to televise it at all of our locations maybe we’ll take advantage of it," said Witherspoon.

Tim Caniglia, owner of the Granfalloon on the Country Club Plaza, said there’s no doubt they’ll stream it.

Caniglia also plans to collect additional donations for the hurricane relief charities as well.

"We’d probably have it on and now that I talk about it we’d probably have someone out front collecting money if they want to donate to the charity also," said Caniglia.

The Granfalloon has seen its fair share of KU-MU rivalry games in the past. Caniglia said he welcomes the crowds a televised border war game would bring.

"Back when those two teams used to play each other KU, MU, it was a fun crowd in here," said Caniglia.

Witherspoon said he’s already given his staff a heads up that Sunday’s game might be televised and they should be prepared to be on call.

"If the problem is we have too many people coming out that’s not a bad problem to have," said Witherspoon.

Both bar owners said since the game is for charity they don’t plan on charging a cover if they stream it for fans; they’ll be more than happy with the extra business.