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High school games cannot be on school networks

Posted on: August 11, 2011 3:48 pm
 
The NCAA is not allowing the televising of high school games on school or conference networks, the association ruled on Thursday.

For the moment, that seems to relieve some of the pressure created by the Longhorn Network's intention to televise such games. That was considered a main reason why Texas A&M is reportedly looking to move to the SEC.

The ruling has to be considered a blow to the Longhorn Network which forged a partnership with ESPN, based in some small part on the belief that Texas would be able to telecast high school games. An Aug. 22 NCAA summit had been scheduled to discuss the issue. The summit remains scheduled, NCAA president Mark Emmert said.

Emmert added that NCAA staff had made the interpretation and board of directors had approved it. Texas A&M had lobbied the NCAA hard for such an interpretation. It's unclear whether this changes A&M's reported intentions.

TLN and ESPN officials said previously they would be comfortable with whatever the NCAA decided. But clearly ESPN/TLN had ambitious plans. TLN chief Dave Brown said in June that the network had planned to televise up to 18 games per season. He also said there were plans to fly to different states to televise the games of players who had committed to Texas.

This does not affect the televising of high school games on networks not affiliated with a conference or school. 
Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:27 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

, you just don't get it, do you?



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:18 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

the Longhorn Network is just a name....it is one of ESPN's networks.  seriously...espn can televise high school games on their channels but not on the LHN because of a name?  When ESPN licenses SEC content to be aired on their stations, it doesn't create a conflict.  all they're doing here is licensing the texas content to be aired on one of their stations.  stupid.  they can change the name to espn texas and just say we're licensing texas content....



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:04 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

If ESPN wants to show High School football games, then they can do that on their own networks.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:44 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

Good decision. From the second this came out i was shocked it was legit. It's the total monopolizing of Texas talent and with how many violations already go on in huge schools, this would just add to that at the HS level.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:23 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

Wow. The NCAA grows a spine. Who woulda thunk it!



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:15 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

I didnt say i thought it was fair to the kids, it probably isnt.  That is a decision that needs to be made by the Longhorn Network.  I seriously doubt that Texas would be in favor of this either.  I am sure there are hundreds of high school games in Texas where the Longhorns have no interest in any of the players playing, but those will not be the games chosen to televise.  They will want to choose the games that feature 5 star recruits and hope that it helps them land them at Texas.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:14 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

Great ruling, NCAA. This idea by Texas was just another recruiting tool to gain a bigger advantage then they already have. If I were a 5-star recruit and I played on the Longhorn network guess where I want to play? You got it, Texas.



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:14 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

Good for the NCAA.  This should even take the Indy route of the table.



Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:09 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

Tell me how that would be fair in any way to a kid that has always wanted to play at Texas? Let's say you were a 5 star recruit, but couldn't attend Texas to play football just becaue TLN televised one of your games. Your way of thinking is totally unfair to the kids.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:03 pm
 

High school games cannot be on school networks

Let the games be televised if thats what the Longhorn Network wants to do.  Just make it a rule that if the Longhorn Network televises a high school game then Texas is unable to recruit anyone who played in that game.  Obviously Texas wants to use this as a tool to help with recruiting and that gives them an unfair advantage over their conference opponents.  I think this is the same rule the NCAA uses as far as equipment donations to high schools.  If a school donated equipment to an existing high school they are not permitted to recruit anyone from that school.  Im not sure how i would feel about televising games on Big Ten Network, no particular institution within the conference gains an advantage but i dont think it is fair to the SEC, Big East, etc.


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