In all objectivity, the Longhorns are making themselves out to be more than they actually are, but don't worry I have the same sentiment for Notre Dame. But the Big XII conference as it stood for the last decade and a half pretty much revolved around Texas, and I bet anything that there is a hefty amount of quiet resentment towards Austin. Which is the reason why I support TX A&M to the SEC, where at least that conference is not only more competitive, but has a strong sense of egalitarianism, which ironically is the reason why Colorado and Nebraska recently left.
But back to the LHN, I just do not see the mass appeal unless it somehow converts to the Big XII Network, which UT doesn't want and would rather have all to themselves. UT will end up as an independent if they still want their own network, otherwise it will dissolve before long.
Quiet? Quiet? Quiet Hell!
I think Tony D has demonstrated here the attitude of many folks who out and out loathe Texas. There's no doubt the so-called "Big 12" (soon to be nine) is the most unbalanced conference in the country, what with the two strongest members down south and the northern remains, well, almost non-competitive. And don't think for a moment that UT would ever become an independent. For UT, that's not where the money is, not when you can milk a conference for all it's worth. And as of this afternoon, the welcome mat was still out for UT to join the Pac 10/12.
As a matter of fact, the local talk radio guys here in Austin have taken to calling UT the "Death Star". I think Nebraskans know what that means. UT and the other Southwest Conference majors invaded the Big 8, took it over and made it their playpen. Years of great Midwestern tradition was sacrificed on the altar of television money. You know, I feel for Nebraska. I really do! I can't imagine how I would have felt had the old Southwest Conference invited in four Pac 10 teams, then had them take over with UT and A&M left to run screaming to the SEC in search of dollars. That just wasn't right. Those are good folks up there, and they deserved better.
Hey people, if you want to blame someone, don't blame UT. Look in the mirror. That's where you'll see the eyeballs that watch the games, that shop for the shirts, that fund the...the...cartel.
As for the mass appeal of The Longhorn Network, we'll have to see. Frankly, I don't want to watch women's swimming (as exciting as it can be) at 3:00 a.m. any more than anyone else.
Like everything else...if it makes money, it will succeed. If not, it will go away.