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  • Texas gets own network

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6037857

    This seems like pretty big news to me.

    ESPN will help develop, launch and operate the network, according to a news release. The deal is worth $300 million over 20 years. The network will launch in September.
    Included in the coverage will be at least one exclusive football game, eight men's basketball games, women's basketball coverage of games not televised elsewhere, and Olympic sports coverage. There will also be pregame and postgame shows for football and basketball games, coaches' shows for every sport Texas sponsors and other daily programming.
    In addition, there will be university news, coverage of lectures and visiting speakers along with commencement ceremonies, and even high school coverage on an authenticated online/broadband site.
    "This is an extremely exciting
    #Chop


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  • #2
    Texas is the one school I trully believe it would make sense for them to be independent. With this announcement, how long before it's official that they are going independent?

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    • #3
      Like a 5-win season in '10 deserves it....... :--( Hell. maybe it's actually true, all you need is a fanbase of millions & a budget of gazillions.

      They have the most bloated athletic dept. budget, the most overrated HC & the worst performance track rcd. to support thier own network among all the top tier programs now.

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      • #4
        This weeks sign of the apocalypse....

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        • #5
          I am a diehard longhorns fan so ill try and be timid about this.

          Not saying they deserve a 20 year-$300 million deal but, you look at a team like notre dame who NBC pays a ton of money to, they have been in rebuilding mode for 10+ years. I don't even remember the last time that they went to a significant big bowl game (if they did, did they win it?).

          My point is, don't judge a book by its cover, sure texas had a bad season but, every team goes through it every now and then. i mean look at the big team of the 00's, USC. they are very much so in a "rebuilding" mode, and not just because of the athletes they field either, it happens everywhere. I still think the longhorns 2 BCS title game appearances are more then 100+ other FCS schools.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jtice2003 View Post
            I am a diehard longhorns fan so ill try and be timid about this.

            Not saying they deserve a 20 year-$300 million deal but, you look at a team like notre dame who NBC pays a ton of money to, they have been in rebuilding mode for 10+ years. I don't even remember the last time that they went to a significant big bowl game (if they did, did they win it?).

            My point is, don't judge a book by its cover, sure texas had a bad season but, every team goes through it every now and then. i mean look at the big team of the 00's, USC. they are very much so in a "rebuilding" mode, and not just because of the athletes they field either, it happens everywhere. I still think the longhorns 2 BCS title game appearances are more then 100+ other FCS schools.
            UT is sitting pretty. Crap conference with only one other good team and a few decent ones. Now no championship game. And a fat TV deal.

            Now only if they could get some real coaches on the football team.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LizardState View Post
              Like a 5-win season in '10 deserves it....... :--( Hell. maybe it's actually true, all you need is a fanbase of millions & a budget of gazillions.

              They have the most bloated athletic dept. budget, the most overrated HC & the worst performance track rcd. to support thier own network among all the top tier programs now.
              Texas coming off their first losing season in forever in football (EDIT: they have 105 winning seasons in 118 years), has a very successful and recognizable baseball program, and is one of if not the top athletic program in terms of generating revenue.

              Yea, no way they could support their own network.....
              Last edited by iowatreat54; 01-20-2011, 12:47 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by iowatreat54 View Post
                Texas coming off their first losing season in forever in football (EDIT: they have 105 winning seasons in 118 years), has a very successful and recognizable baseball program, and is one of if not the top athletic program in terms of generating revenue.

                Yea, no way they could support their own network.....
                Totally agree. Texas' athletics are a joke. It's not like seemingly all of their teams are ranked highly every year or anything or their program turns in the highest profit annually.

                I think Lizard just posts dumb things to stir the pot sometimes.

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                • #9
                  It's actually a sad thing for college football. Another case of the rich getting richer.

                  If I was Oklahoma, I'd be furious right now. In fact, I'd move to the Big East. Screw the Big 12, screw Texas. Take the easy route to the BCS Bowl by dominating the Big East every year. Don't get confused. TCU is a flash in the pan. OU would DOMINATE the Big East....and it would be great for their basketball program too. Colorado and Nebraska are gone. Without OU too, the Big 12 and Texas would be a weak ass conference. Even with all their wins, nobody would credit Texas with having a strong strength of schedule in that conference.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
                    It's actually a sad thing for college football. Another case of the rich getting richer.

                    If I was Oklahoma, I'd be furious right now. In fact, I'd move to the Big East. Screw the Big 12, screw Texas. Take the easy route to the BCS Bowl by dominating the Big East every year.
                    Okay, I'm not sure why people think that the only college sport played is college football, but an Oklahoma move to the Big East would be ******* moronic. Let's repeat- there are other sports besides college football. All that traveling is ******* stupid. It's ******* stupid for TCU and it's ******* stupid for Oklahoma.

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                    • #11
                      Texas couldn't care less about the Big 12. If the Big 12 folded they could easily be an independent with the revenue they'll have coming in now.
                      #Chop


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
                        It's actually a sad thing for college football. Another case of the rich getting richer.

                        If I was Oklahoma, I'd be furious right now. In fact, I'd move to the Big East. Screw the Big 12, screw Texas. Take the easy route to the BCS Bowl by dominating the Big East every year. Don't get confused. TCU is a flash in the pan. OU would DOMINATE the Big East....and it would be great for their basketball program too. Colorado and Nebraska are gone. Without OU too, the Big 12 and Texas would be a weak ass conference. Even with all their wins, nobody would credit Texas with having a strong strength of schedule in that conference.
                        Of course they will be pissed. I think that we are entering a very unstable period in CFB. The end game likely being four superconferences and a playoff system. But the period between now and when we get there is going to get ugly at times.

                        For example, there is a lot of talk about the B1G and the Pac12 joining forces on a TV deal. Think Pac12 network and the B1G network demanding to be standard like ESPN. If they add in the Big12/UT, then they would really have some clout.

                        This is something that ESPN is very scared of and will do anything to stop. I know that getting UT is a huge win for them in that scenario, but anything could happen.

                        Regardless, there will be a lot of drama as conferences and schools battle it out for TV revenue.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sniper View Post
                          Okay, I'm not sure why people think that the only college sport played is college football, but an Oklahoma move to the Big East would be ******* moronic. Let's repeat- there are other sports besides college football. All that traveling is ******* stupid. It's ******* stupid for TCU and it's ******* stupid for Oklahoma.
                          I only ask out of curiosity, but if the Big East gained another team like...Houston (just an example) couldn't they conceivably have a southern division and northern to keep traveling to a minimum? Houston, Louisville, USF, WVU, TCU, Oklahoma.

                          Or does it still make things difficult for other sports like basketball, swimming, track, etc?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Forenci View Post
                            I only ask out of curiosity, but if the Big East gained another team like...Houston (just an example) couldn't they conceivably have a southern division and northern to keep traveling to a minimum? Houston, Louisville, USF, WVU, TCU, Oklahoma.

                            Or does it still make things difficult for other sports like basketball, swimming, track, etc?
                            It still makes it a lot of traveling for nothing. It's not like it's a super conference for all sports. WVU and Houston aren't exactly next door.

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                            • #15
                              you mean all those hours of unaired softball games will be shown!?!?!


                              **** YES! This is about as important as the turd my dog just laid outside.

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