Of course not. Only the big time schools deserve their own network.
I wouldn't mind having a Texas Network, Notre Dame network, Alabama network, Florida network, Ohio State network, Michigan network, Stanford network, UCLA network, etc.
I'll pay a $1.00 or even $2.00 per month for those. Or a $15,95 per month separate college sports package to get all of those channels. It would be worth it to me.
No smaller university has a chance to get on TV. Only the major universities do, such as the ones I highlighted in bold text above.
Who decides who qualifies as a "big time school"? You? And calling UCLA big time? WTF??
If you think small time schools don't have a chance to have their own channel, you'd be wrong. To my knowledge, every Big 12 team has their own channel. So if LHN deserves to be on Directv, why shouldn't the Cyclone Network?
Iowa State partnered with Mediacom for their channel instead of ESPN since they're a major cable company in the state, but they could always buy out Mediacom and sell a share to ESPN. Hell, give a share to ESPN for free, in exchange for a promise that in future renegotiations, ESPN will force carriage of Cyclone Network just like they appear to be forcing carriage of Longhorn Network. Free money to ESPN, so they might consider it.
How would you feel about having your bill going up 10 cents to pay for the Cyclone Network? Apparently you're fine with small change when it is something YOU want to watch, how about if your bill goes up for something you definitely don't want to watch? Now add a couple dozen more small time schools like TCU, Washington State, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Syracuse and watch your bill go up and up!
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