ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — The Colorado State men’s basketball team hasn’t played in a game with a trophy on the line since 2017.
The Rams played in the Mountain West title game (losing to Nevada) that season. CSU last made the championship of a regular season multi-team event in 2014 (the Rams won the Great Alaska Shootout).
That changes Monday when CSU plays Northeastern in the Paradise Jam championship game.
Monday’s 6 p.m. Mountain tip will be broadcast online by ESPN. Here’s what to know about the game, plus how to watch and listen online.
When/where: 6 p.m. Mountain time Monday at the University of Virgin Islands
How to watch ESPN3/ESPN+:
The game isn’t available via ESPN’s TV channels but it will be broadcast on ESPN3 and can be found online at ESPN.com/watch or on the ESPN app.
The broadcast team online for ESPN is Brad Wells (play-by-play) and Kevin Lehman (analyst).
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How to listen on the radio:
The CSU broadcast is available on KARS 102.9 FM, SiriusXM channel 383 (973 Sirius XM app) and the TuneIn app.
CSU’s radio team will be Matthew Wozniak (play-by-play) and Adam Nigon (analyst).
Betting line: CSU is a 7.5-point favorite, according to Tipico Sportsbook.
Coaches: CSU is coached by Niko Medved, who is 57-40 at CSU as he enters his fourth season. He’s in his ninth season overall as a head coach with a career record of 136-127. Bill Coen is Northeastern’s coach and is in his 16th season. He’s 157-108 in his career.
Team records: CSU is 5-0 and Northeastern is 3-2.
Last game: CSU beat Creighton 95-81 in the semifinals. Northeastern beat Southern Illinois 59-47 in the second semi.
Series: CSU is 1-0 all time against Northeastern.
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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