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#21 OFFLINE   shyvoodoo

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:44 PM

I'm afraid you're probably right.


PING!! He finally gets it...

Look I know its hard for you to except this..
It doesn't matter the fact is that NOBODY wants LHC. You say that beIN sports doesn't make sense to carry?? 60,000+ filled up Yankee Stadium tonite to see 2 of the best European teams ON THE PLANET play an EXHIBITION!!!

RSNs with pro sports teams attached to them will always be considered first..
Heck I like Conference Channels and I believe no doubt we will have the PAC 12 Net especially here out west because it is THE major sports conference in the West.. If you are gonna sit at your keyboard and BELIEVE that more people will watch New Mexico get their shoes smoked by Texas rather than a Super Classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona or a Pac 12 Football game between USC and Stanford or Cal or Utah or Oregon or even Washington?? your being a little "unrealistic".. :)

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#22 OFFLINE   shyvoodoo

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:46 PM

You are SO mistaken with regards to Oregon. Guess where the Olympic Trials were held for all the Athletics competitions for the USA team..... Sure, that particular event is not a PAC12 event, but the University of Oregon is sort of known for its Athletics/Track & Field program - besides the Oregon Ducks football team of course.

You also need to keep in mind that there is a difference between "sports they excel in", (I am sure every University has a few good focal sports), and "sports that are broadcasted on television".

Every University broadcasts Football, Basketball, and probably Baseball. But how many Universities actually televise their e.g. Field Hockey competition or their Track & Field competition? Besides the fact that Oregon Track & Field was already broadcasted, PAC-12 is about to change that. They have 850 live sports broadcasts event planned for the first year, with the rights to another 1440 sporting events. Within a few years, they could be broadcasting 2200+ events, which is about 300 per channel, depending on how things get divided up, and counting in the 7th, main channel.

Now granted, I don't know if Longhorn does anything like that, or whether they just stick to Football, Basketball, and maybe Baseball.

Also, PAC-12's plans have been criticized as being "too bold", and of course although most cable companies are on board, and they have the entire territory covered, they do still need to prove themselves.

Personally I think that, overall, the UT Longhorn market is probably too small in both local size and national pull, and they may just not offer a whole lot of television outside of football and basketball.

Additionally, there is a few more factors that drive these kinds of decissions:

- How many existing DirecTV clients are within the Longhorn DMA? (To determine how many customers might want the network and/or would potentially leave because of the network).
- How much money does Longhorn TV want.

If DirecTV has a below-average penetration in the UT Texas DMA area, and Longhorn Network is asking more than DirecTV is willing to pay, that will be a BIG part of deciding whether Longhorn Network is worth it.

Risk/reward, supply/demand. It is all about the deal.


Thank You Maartena!!!

Heck I wish the SEC Start their own network and when they do, they will move probably to the front of the line..

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:27 AM

60,000+ filled up Yankee Stadium tonite to see 2 of the best European teams ON THE PLANET play an EXHIBITION!!!


*bragmode ON*

Pff that is nothing. They don't use the Giants stadium for that? Here, when European teams come out to play they fill up the 90.000+ seats in the Rose Bowl, and it gets sold out within a week. When Mexico vs USA plays there, the stadium sells out in a day.

*bragmode OFF*


How do they get a soccer pitch in Yankee Stadium actually during baseball season? Is there enough room on the grass? I know the yanks are on the road but still.... that's quite impressive.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:53 AM

How do they get a soccer pitch in Yankee Stadium actually during baseball season? Is there enough room on the grass? I know the yanks are on the road but still.... that's quite impressive.


http://www.guardian....-yankee-stadium

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:00 AM

How do they get a soccer pitch in Yankee Stadium actually during baseball season? Is there enough room on the grass? I know the yanks are on the road but still.... that's quite impressive.



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Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:32 AM


Cool video!

But I think we are getting WAY off topic here...... back to Longhorn. :D
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:30 PM

Some of your points are valid but LHN is pretty much only good locally (as much as the others are) and for about 10 hours a year.


At least half of Texans hate anything to do with the shorthorns. Take Texas A&M they were so disgusted by it they left the conference for better or worse.
I think it was a great move pulling potential recruits they would of never had a chance to get. Guys and gals that want to compete in a much better conference the SEC can now stay near home.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:40 PM

At least half of Texans hate anything to do with the shorthorns. Take Texas A&M they were so disgusted by it they left the conference for better or worse.
I think it was a great move pulling potential recruits they would of never had a chance to get. Guys and gals that want to compete in a much better conference the SEC can now stay near home.


Ummm....not quite, but I can see how someone might think that.

A&M left for the only reason a team switches conferences....money, on two fronts. First of all, it's getting a better deal in the SEC. Also, it would have been very, very, tough to compete on the recruiting front with UT-Austin, given the Disney money that's just now coming in.

And yes, UT Athletic Director Dodds did indeed invite the Ags to come with them and form a Texas Sports network. The Ags for some reason didn't think it was a good idea. UT then went out on its own and Disney threw buckets of money at it.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 09:51 AM

In what may be the beginning of SOME kind of movement on LHN, it was reported this weekend that the UT Regents are in "negotiations" with ESPN.

The University of Texas System board met this week and was supposed to address the issue, but it was put off. UT president Bill Powers said that it wouldn’t make sense to discuss it while negotiations with ESPN were underway.

Negotiations? I thought they just closed this deal a year ago?



Here's the link to the whole story from Jack Hambrick at The Digital Texan ....the operative part is buried way down low.

http://digitaltexan....0/#.UDjyREQwRGE

And in a somewhat related issue, The University has shown that it is ready to spend big bucks on broadcasting. It already runs two FM stations, one a student training ground, but the other is one of the highest-ranked stations in the market. Well, UT just purchased a commercial FM station for about six million, with the intent of turning it into a second NPR outlet.

At least that ESPN money is being put to good use! :lol:

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:35 AM

In what may be the beginning of SOME kind of movement on LHN, it was reported this weekend that the UT Regents are in "negotiations" with ESPN.

Here's the link to the whole story from Jack Hambrick at The Digital Texan ....the operative part is buried way down low.

http://digitaltexan....0/#.UDjyREQwRGE

And in a somewhat related issue, The University has shown that it is ready to spend big bucks on broadcasting. It already runs two FM stations, one a student training ground, but the other is one of the highest-ranked stations in the market. Well, UT just purchased a commercial FM station for about six million, with the intent of turning it into a second NPR outlet.

At least that ESPN money is being put to good use! :lol:


Sigh. Why do alums or fans think their school is unique? Large universities run multiple radio and even TV stations.
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 11:28 AM

The Big 12 Network will have wider distribution than the Shorthorn Network.
Perhaps I Misremembered.




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