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Longhorn Network contract emerges

Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:00 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 12:01 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Longhorn Network has caused a lot of problems within the Big 12 since its inception in January. Sure, the Big 12 secured a pretty good television deal for itself, but since the members of the conference have seen what Texas plans to do with its network, the relationship amongst the Big 12 schools has been tenuous at best.

The one sticking point that seemed to cause the most attention was the Longhorn Network's plan to televise high school games, a plan that has been tabled for a year, but has been anything but resolved. Well, thanks to The Midnight Yell, the full contract between Texas and ESPN has emerged, and there's a bit more in the deal that could be problematic for the Big 12.

Here are some highlights of the deal:

- ESPN has exclusive negotiating rights with Texas should the school no longer be a member of the Big 12. "In the event that UT determines not to participate in any athletics conference in one or more sports, UT agrees to provide ESPN a right of first negotiation of 60 days with respect to its television telecast rights.." ESPN also has 48 hours to match any offer Texas may get from somewhere else.

In other words, if the Big 12 does dissolve, Texas can still have its own network as an independent. It's also possible that Texas can just go independent in football and remain in the Big 12 for other sports.

- Texas will get about $11,000,000 a year from the network. And that number will increase by 3% annually until ESPN gets its money back from the original investment, at which point Texas' revenues from the network will rise significantly.

- If the Big 12 created its own network, Texas couldn't be a part of it.  "Neither IMG nor UT will during the Term and within the Territory i. participate in or permit the development of another "Longhorns Network" or similar network enterprise (regardless of name) related to UT" The terms of the deal are for 20 years, and the territory referred to his Texas. So if the Big 12 wants its own network and would want to feature Texas games, it's going to have to wait until 2031 to do so.

- ESPN will try to get rights to Texas high school state championship games. Obviously, this is part of the high school games deal that the Big 12 has decided to ignore for a year, but the contract states that ESPN agrees to try and get the rights for these games. Whether it will ever be allowed by the NCAA remains to be seen, but it's obvious that the Longhorn Network would love to televise these games.

Now, if you go over the contract in its entirety, a lot of what Texas wants to do makes sense. These are good business decisions for the school, and Texas has always been a school that knows how to get money out of its athletic department. Still, when going over the deal and looking at it from the perspective of another Big 12 school, it's easy to see why schools like Texas A&M aren't exactly thrilled with it.

It's essentially a lot of words and numbers that can be paraphrased with "We're Texas, and we're more important than the rest of you."
Comments

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Longhorn Network contract emerges

Maybe it's because you just screwed everyone else in the conference? Ever thought of that?   You created a 3rd tier network linked to one of the strongest institutions in the Big 12.   By doing this, you blocked appearances on any Big 12 network, thus screwing everyone in the conference.   Oklahoma is about to do the same, and before you know it, the conference will be UT/OU and a bunch of conference USA teams.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Longhorn Network contract emerges

Everyone in complaining because they are not good enough to have there own network.



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:35 am
 

ESPN already mishandling LHM

Well, all of this Longhorn Network stuff might be for not since no major satalite or cable provider has yet to jump on board and agreed with ESPN's rasom of how much it will cost Cable and Satalite providers to provide the Network.  The LHN launches in like 10 days and no cable or satalite provider has reached an agreement to provide the channel based on ESPN's Longhorn Network web page.    Every major city in Texas comes up that every cable provider, including in Austin and UT-Austin campus' own communications provider, has that they currently don't have the plans for the channel.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:15 am
 

Longhorn Network contract emerges

That's incorrect imakansan.

The Big East had an offer on the table for KU, K-State, Mizzou and Iowa State if the Big XII dissolved last summer.  Bottom line - a cut from the ten team league was worth more money to KU than a smaller piece from a 20 (or 21, 22) team pie from the Big East.

May we add to this blame list

4 - The old Big Eight Conference for deciding to add the Texas schools to form the Big 12 in the 1990s.

It is becoming increasingly apparent to this Jayhawk fan that the Big 12 was a mistake, and that Nebraska and Colorado made good moves in leaving. Too bad none of the other BCS leagues care enough about quality basketball to invite us to join them.




Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:27 am
 

Longhorn Network contract emerges

May we add to this blame list

4 - The old Big Eight Conference for deciding to add the Texas schools to form the Big 12 in the 1990s.

It is becoming increasingly apparent to this Jayhawk fan that the Big 12 was a mistake, and that Nebraska and Colorado made good moves in leaving. Too bad none of the other BCS leagues care enough about quality basketball to invite us to join them.




Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Longhorn Network contract emerges

Great deal for Texas! Imagine anyone else getting those numbers for running classic games and one season game? If Texas leaves the little 10 I think they should keep the league together and add another team. Unless Oklahoma wants in the SEC they are better off playing the remainder of the conference they are in.

Where does Texas get it's schedule if it goes solo? I'm thinking they'd be hard pressed to keep competitive. Unless ESPN twists arms.



Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:01 pm
 

Longhorn Network contract emerges

You make no sense.  How is Tech stupid?

It's politics.  Do you think the legislators from West and Central Texas (Tech, Baylor and Texas) are going to allow A$M to leave without some sort of agreement?  One only has to look at when the Big 12 was created.




Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Longhorn Network contract emerges

It will be interesting to see the football programming scheduled for TLN.  Based on what I've read and heard, Mack Brown won't allow live cameras at practice or coaches meetings.  "Hard Knocks"?  Forget about it!  The only live game scheduled for 2010 is UT vs. Rice?  Please...

I just can't see anyone paying a subscribtion fee for the 2nd Tier sports.  I mean, how often can we watch footage of the "glory years" under Coach Royal?  They should rename TLN "Longhorn Classics".

Maybe UT planned to go independent all along and this is just our parting shot.  




Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Longhorn Network contract emerges

I hope Tech ends up in the Sun Belt or the WAC.  That is what the deserve for being so stupid.



Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Longhorn Network contract emerges

  Tech will need a place to go before A$M is allowed to leave.  Same I am sure with OK and OK State.  Legislatures will make sure that there investiments in state schools remains solid.



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