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Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:12 am
A decision on The Longhorn Network's now-controversial programming plan is likely to last into August, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe told

Texas A&M, among others, is concerned about TLN's televising high school games and one conference game this season. Beebe released a statement Thursday saying those plans for the network are on hold until a resolution can be reached.

"We need to construct scenarios where everybody benefits," Beebe said.

All parties are essentially waiting for the NCAA rule on the "legality" of TLN to be able televise those high school games. That would seemingly violate NCAA Bylaw 13.10.3 that prohibits a recruit from appearing on "a program" in which a member institution is "instrumental in arranging for the appearance" for the recruit.

The wording, as usual in the NCAA Manual, is complicated and probably has a lot to do with the issue possibly extending into next month. You can read it here.

Texas likely would prefer that the NCAA become the bad guy in this situation. If the NCAA says no, Texas saves face by having to acquiesce to association rules. If the NCAA rules in favor of Texas, then the issue becomes stickier. A&M released a strongly-worded statement Thursday stating its displeasure with the situation.

There is also concern among conference teams playing Texas on TLN. They would essentially be driving ratings and cable subscriptions for a conference rival. Beebe said that one possible solution could be that the Texas opponent in that case could also show the game on its own "carriage system." (broadband, streaming, etc .)

The issue seemingly will not be resolved next week during the Big 12 media days in Dallas. Not all the athletic directors will be available.
Sources within the Big 12 and ESPN are confident the issue will be resolved without any damage to the current conference structure. Thirteen months after Nebraska and Colorado split off, the Big 12 is still dealing with questions about its stability.

In essence, the televising of high school games on TLN is not a deal breaker for ESPN or Texas. Texas AD DeLoss Dodds said he would be comfortable if the NCAA rules prep games cannot be televised.

A&M became further alarmed in early June when TLN chief Dave Brown detailed the high-school plan during an Austin, Texas radio interview.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:32 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

Did they give you a car to say that?

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:41 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

This is exactly why Colorado and Nebraska left. My understanding is the BIg12 wanted to create a conf. network but texas balked cause they wanted their own network. Texas has been and always will be the most selfish state i've ever had to assoc with. I'm in the tourism industry in Colorado and the texans have the absolute worse reputation in our communities. We appreciate their money but what a bunch of selfish #$%^. To the person who said no one complained 10 years ago -haha, that shows how ignorant texans are about their own behavior. People have been complaining about texas for generations. They helped ruin the SWC now their ruining the former big 8/big 12. I expect them to go to the SEC as part of a future super confernce scenario i see developing. They'll bail out on their texas comrades- A&M, Baylor, Tech, TCU, Rice ,SMU the list goes on of teams and Univ's they've left behind in their pursuit of football perfection. I can't wait for them to get busted like Ohio St. and Usc. I hope they get the death penalty-like SMU. Now their selfishness will destroy the big 12. Why can't you play well w/ others. Greedy, greeedy greedy!!! Go anyone who play's the Longhorns!!! I still laugh at your mascots name-13-0!!! Why don't you try investing in your schools graduation rate for football players instead.Go Rams!!! go Buffs!

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:27 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

It sounds like Texas has two contracts.  One with the Big 12 and one with ESPN. 

A&M Athletic Director:
We had an agreement in place that Big 12 members would have the right to one non-conference football game and four to six basketball games for third tier, or institutional rights. The concept of the Longhorn Network broadcasting two live football games -- with one of these being a conference game -- had not been discussed among the Big 12 athletic directors.

In the process, Texas is trying to televise games beyond what they agreed with other conference members. 

On top of this fact, ESPN has a conflict of interest.  ESPN/ABC has a first tier TV contract with the Big 12 and a third tier TV contract with Texas in the Longhorn Network.  They need their Longhorn Network Investment to work so they attempted to move a first tier right game (Big 12 contract with ESPN/ABC) to the third tier Longhorn Network without the approval of the rest of the Big 12. The funny thing is that if the Longhorn Network can't have a second game and they only get 4-6 basketball games then ESPN has essentially paid Texas $300 Million for the Longhorn Volleyball Network in the Fall, the Lady Longhorn Basketball team, and softball and baseball.  Sounds like ESPN could lose big on this one because who is going to sign up for it.  I can't believe that ESPN/ABC is stupid enough to agree without doing due diligence. 

The point is that Texas has two separate contracts one with ESPN and one with the Big 12.  ESPN has two contracts Texas and the Big 12.  Both entities have a conflict of interest problem.      

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:05 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

TEXAS, TEXAS, TEXAS....  That is all I am hearing from this article.  Should we be mad at the Longhorns for doing this to the rest of what was the Big 12.  No, the rest of the conference should not be mad, cause if they had the brains they would be doing the same thing.  I am sick and tired of other teams whinning and crying about something another team is doing.  Wipe the tears and do something about it.  I live in Nebraska and have to hear about the Cornhuskers everyday, but at least we don't have to listen to them cry since they took there ball and went to the Big 10.  I congratulate TEXAS for doing what they have to do to win.  Enough said !!!!!

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:57 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

The egos of the longhorn fans are as big as their state and just as blowin by hot wind. Additional Big 8 schools (Oklahoma and Missouri for football to another conference and Kansas to a solid basketball conference) should be abondoning the Texas league within the next two years and it sounds like A&M has had enough of longhorn selfishness as well..
The longhorns will find that independence for them will be much less lucrative than Notre Dame or BYU. Those two schools have thousands of follwers accross the nation who never set foot on their campuses but follow for other reasons.  The only followers longhorns will have are within the state and those few grads who have been able to find work outside of the state given the ease of getting a degree from that institution and how that is viewed by employers outside the lone star area.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:52 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

I guess we can see why Nebraska left the Big 12.  They're tired of the selfish garbage that Texas is trying to pull.  If Texas wants to go independent then just go independent but stop trying to have your cake and eat it too.

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:48 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

All you have to do is listen to Bebee.  He's already told you what will happen.  Texas is going to get some Big 12 games on the Longhorn Network.  They hold all the cards.  All they have to do is tell the other schools they will leave if they can't have their own games on their own network.

And the answer to the critics will be, "We said you can start your own network to show your own games.  If don't start your own network, than it's your own fault if you have to subscribe to the LHN to see your team play Texas."

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:35 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

grow tired of other schools complaining that another school has an unfair advantage.  Texas has an advantage because they committed to their athletic program.  No one was complaining about Texas 10 years ago.  But now they they spent millions and millions of dollars upgrading their facility, hiring excellent coaches, doing whatever it could to reenergize its alumni and fan base, and now people want to complain.  ATM and the rest of you, as the saying goes, BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME.  Stop complaining about Texas and start telling your institution to start investing in their porgram.  It is not even a budget thing as you can see Texas has made their investment back many times over.  ATM, do you think going to the SEC will make your life better.  There are a lot of schools there that have invested in their programs and won't want to share with you either.  Build your programs.  Hire the best coaches and recruiters.  Build better facilities, get your alumni involved again and you too could get your own network.  These schools are like Mexico asking the US for money and telling them that since they built up their military they should use it to protect them too but don't put them on the border as we need our drug money.  Screw that.  Do what we did, invest, build, and stop complaining.

you dont really believe in what you just wrote right??? i grew up in texas to but this is some fine lonestar state properganda that i have ever read. you do realize big12 is the only school that doesnt split the money up evenly right..........but wait yall already knew that. its really cute how yall play the victim card even tho texas will be indie soon and leave the rest of old big8 n swc to fend for themselves.

ps you do know who TAMU AD is right.....once you find out who you wont question how n if life will be better in the SEC.

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:32 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

Poor little Aggies whining again. Get your own TV network whiners. Go Horns!

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:20 pm

Longhorn Network resolution could last to August

Gaining an advantage from investment is one thing, but gaining one from political clout is another.  UT does both well and as long at the
B12 exists, that trend will continue.  

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