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"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

Posted on: January 19, 2011 11:10 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Hey, remember when Notre Dame's exclusive deal with NBC was seen as an earth-shaking development in the world of college football? Those days seem so carefree and innocent now, what with the Sports Business Daily reporting that Texas will officially unveil the new "Longhorn Network" today , a partnership with ESPN that will create the first 24-hour channel devoted exclusively to a single university's athletics.

Per the SBD, the network will be ...
the first-of-its-kind channel to broadcast live UT athletic events, shoulder programming and non-sports university content. The Longhorn Network will launch in the fall and will be owned by ESPN, which will pay the school a rights fee that averages $15M a year, sources said. In addition, ESPN has committed close to $400M in production value to the channel over the 20-year term.
Total amount of money flowing directly into Texas's coffers over the next 20 years? $300 million.

But even that's chump change compared to the prestige and influence the 'Horns promise to wield with their own network to flout. There's still plenty of questions to be asked and answered of the new enterprise -- How many homes can the WWL force the channel into? Will it actually broadcast any live football games? Can it turn a profit? How many people will tune in for "Mack Brown Live, And We Mean Live Right Now: 30 Minutes of Mack Brown Doing His Taxes"? -- but it's hard to see how it isn't a major, major feather in the Longhorns' media cap.

The story might be most substantial, though, as a simple milestone. Analysts have long predicted that in the distant future, we'd be capable of watching only our favorite teams all the time. So 20 years from now, when you're checking out "Cardinalvision: Your 24/7 Television Home for Ball State Athletics," remember that it all got started today.
Comments

Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2011 5:21 pm
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

Hey evrthinsbigintx, I wasn't referring to ut's overall academics, check out the easy majors ut has for football players. I would be willing to bet that the stuffed animal you sleep with is brunt orange and matches your footed pjs.



Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2011 5:12 pm
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

I would be willing to bet that the stuffed animal you sleep with is brunt orange and matches your footed pjs.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:57 pm
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

I hope this works out just as well for the Steers as it has for Notre Dame.



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:42 am
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

Wow Texas guys you just proved my point of why they should leave before its to late more. So Texas and OU are going to have their own networks.  But like you said. I guess Texas has the money to push them around like that. Hats of the Nebraska for bolting and not taking that mess.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:15 pm
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

Hey James Brown Tex- Mex; nobody, and I mean nobody knows more Texas history than yours truly. Dude, I love Austin, but being in bed with the evil ESPN is bad news. Just ask your native son, Ron Franklin. So you can sleep peacefully tonight, I attended a private West Coast school that does not have D-1 football.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 2:48 pm
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

 yes I know that football brings in the money, but education should be first.

Right, because UT is one of the worst in the country in academics. If you would actually research instead creating an account to troll the Longhorn threads you would know about the millions that is going to EVERY academic department as a part of this deal.



Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2011 1:20 pm
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

Texas is already acting like an independent, do you really think they were thinking of the big 12 when they made this deal? Teams like Oklahoma  and Texas A&M have strong followings and could survive anywhere, with maybe the exception of Missouri the other schools in the conference would feel the pain. My main point was with the talent Texas gets they should be a top team every year and that Brown and Barnes are not as great as they think. When these kids are recruited in the state of Texas they compare being in Austin  to Waco, Lubbock, and College Station, and the bright lights of 6th street are like a magnet. Texas has player on their bench that could  probably start for any other teams in the conference. Texas probably offers more majors that are athletically friendly than a lot of schools. Colleges are meant to be institutions of higher learning not minor league teams, yes I know that football brings in the money, but education should be first. The athlete that comes in for one two or three years and leaves for the big money should have to pay back that money that was spent on his education in the form of a scholarship for a student from their hometown (academic). 



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:43 am
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

How does UT becoming an independent help the Big X-2?

The remaining teams would effectively split a smaller pie and make less money.  That doesn't make any sense at all.
Hopefully ut will use that money to  get new coaches for football and basketball. They get most of the four and five star athletes in the state now, in the last four years they had 69 4 and 5 star(football) recruits sign with them. With talent like that should be in the top ten every year, if it hadn't been for Vince Young and Colt McCoy Texas wouldn't won what they did. In Basketball they get a good crop of players in every year but those are not there for the education they are there because the NBA says they have to wait one year. A good coach is one who can take lesser players and make winners not one who get a boat load full of talent every year. The best thing that could happen to the Big 12 is for Texas to join Notre Dame as an independent.




Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:39 am
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

You never answered my question, Bozo.

Where did you go to college?  Where are you from?  We can compare your team's history and speculate on it's potential succes from there.  Incidentally, I'm pretty sure that know more about Texas history than you do.

Once again your commentary was weak and irrelevant.  What does the Super Bowl have to do with the Longhorn Network? 

But, yes I'm confident that UT will be able to handle Baylor and Iowa State in the near future.  2010 was definitely an embarassing year for Texas football.
Hey jbtaxex; you just proved my point with your "inferiority" crack. That alone tells me that you feel the Republic is far superior to the rest of the 49.I seriously doubt that you know or understand any history of Texas.Hey; you do have the Super Bowl this year! By the way, is it too much to ask to defeat Iowa State or Baylor next football season?




Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:35 pm
 

"Longhorn Network" to be unveiled today

Hey jbtaxex; you just proved my point with your "inferiority" crack. That alone tells me that you feel the Republic is far superior to the rest of the 49.I seriously doubt that you know or understand any history of Texas.Hey; you do have the Super Bowl this year! By the way, is it too much to ask to defeat Iowa State or Baylor next football season?


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