Don't misunderstand me. I think the conference channels for the bigger conferences make perfect sense. They have a lot of programming that CBS, ABC, Fox, NBC, ESPN and Fox Sports Net, etc., would not be interested in. "Lesser" football and basketball. Wormen's sports, Olympic sports, and more. BTN has demonstrated the almost perfect channel. Lots of programming. Access to every school, multiple sports, online streaming. All accomplished with one channel plus live alternate feeds for conflicts. They assure that every conference football game and basketball game is on TV and they use ABC and ESPN effectively. If anything, BTN could add more programming at this point. The PAC 12 network, as shown on Dish is the same model and is reasonable. The SEC would support itself and, perhaps the Big XII. The ACC is bordline and the Big East is a mess. The problem is when they demand too much in either coverage (PAC 12 regional model is overkill but Dish overcame that) or money (PAC 12 for sure, maybe BTN on its next round...it is no accident that they are dropped off Dish). The latter is what I refer to as thinking they are ESPN. ESPN is a unique animal in the marketplace. Any major system without them is committing corporate suicide. Because of their array of programming, they offere SOMETHING for every sports fan. The only people who never watch ESPN have zero interest in sports at all. It would make sense for the conference channels to be a la carte or in a bundle of college sports or even the sports pack, but that is always going to be a bone of contention between them and the distributors. In the pros, there is a parallel between YES and the plethora of team channels. Some work out because they have multiple programming (like MASN) but some are pushing credibility (yes, I am talking Lakers network).