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RE: ESPN/UT contract hoopla
(08-08-2011 12:47 PM)SMUmustangs Wrote:  
(08-08-2011 12:04 PM)Sammy11 Wrote:  So a ton of sizzle but no real steak. UT looks shady at the "ESPN did this without us" part but it is at least plausible. The UT cannot appear on a B12 network is BS and everything else is pretty much expected but has to stay within B12 & NCAA rules. Nothing more damaging than what was previously reported IMO. However the spin is everywhere.

Sammy, the way you defend the university of texas, I suspicion you are from Texas and like most native Texans, you are a UT fan.

Not a UT fan (loved our game last year!) but just my honest take on it. The blog stretched things a bit and I point out where I see it. I do think UT's explanation was a half-truth at best as I explained at the end of my post.
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RE: ESPN/UT contract hoopla
(08-08-2011 10:39 AM)adcorbett Wrote:  You don't need 12 schools to make a conference network work: The Big Ten was doing it with 11. The thing about conference networks, is that while everyone harps on football driving the bus, basketball games are what build these networks. Even the Big Ten found that since the Big schools (OSU, Michigan, PSU, etc) only have one or two games on the network, and at least one will be vs. a 1AA school, when half of the twon is actually at the game, it is hard to get distrubution showing games that few people care about. The big gams will still go national. Even rabid fan bases can live with missing one game. What made it tick was basketball, because if you did not have th enetwork, you were now missing 10-15 games per year, sometimes more depending on your school. That was what got it moving and sped up disctrubution.

Now, having 12 teams does help, but if those teams don't expand the value of your national TV contract on a per team basis, and make it more valueabel above and beyond that (as in if Fox/ESPN are paying them $15 million a year, each new team needs to bring in at least $22.5 million a year in new money to pay for thesmevles plus add a 20% return to the original teams). Especially when adding those teams means existing teams no longer get to play annual football games against Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, the leagues biggest draws, and they can no longer all play home and home round robin basketball games against each other.

12 teams really does make a difference. Keep in mind that the BTN owns and owned the tier 3 rights for B1G schools. Also, its contract with ESPN provides around fb 36 games. With 11 schools, that left around 35-40 fb games for the BTN even before Nebraska joined.

The P12 sold a 44 game package to FOX/ESPN. Assuming it stayed at 10 schools and assigned tier 3 rights to the member schools (like the SEC and B12-2), it would have had only around 14 fb games for a P10 Network, instead of the 36 it has.

The B12-2 has boxed itself into a corner as far as a conference network. It has assigned the tier 3 rights to the schools and signed a tier 2 deal with FOX. Even if it expands, the only way they could create a network would be to partner with FOX, which could contribute tier 2 games. Having said that, the Tier 2 deal is a very good one. Once tier 1 rights are sold, the package will likely be more valuable than the SEC's.
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RE: ESPN/UT contract hoopla
(08-08-2011 12:41 PM)SMUmustangs Wrote:  
(08-08-2011 10:52 AM)adcorbett Wrote:  By the way, MattSarz posted this link that more or less refutes a lot of stuff in the blog.
I bet the writer, Kristi Dosh is from Texas..............

I don't know, but I do know the author he was refuting was from Texas A&M, so at worst, they even out
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(08-08-2011 12:41 PM)SMUmustangs Wrote:  
(08-08-2011 10:52 AM)adcorbett Wrote:  By the way, MattSarz posted this link that more or less refutes a lot of stuff in the blog. Those reading the original blog should check it out:

Texas Contract with ESPN

I bet the writer, Kristi Dosh is from Texas..............

Kristi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oglethorpe University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law.
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