Tag:Media Watch
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 11:53 am

Longhorn Network still looking for a carrier

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a bit of irony for you: the Longhorn Network, which may end up being the straw that broke the Big 12's back, is two weeks away from launching and it still hasn't even been picked up by any cable providers. So at this point it wouldn't matter how many high school games or conference games the network decided it wanted to televise, nobody could see them anyway.

According to the report in The Dallas Morning News, the Longhorn Network and its partner ESPN are "still in active discussions" with cable providers like Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast and Direct TV.

Of course, as the report also points out, this isn't exactly an uncommon practice when it comes to these types of negotiations. It wouldn't be the first time that a deal was struck at the last minute to get a network on the air, but it is still somewhat worrisome for the Longhorn Network that it hasn't reached an agreement with anybody just yet.

I can't help but believe that when the network does launch on August 26th somebody in the state of Texas will be able to watch it.
Posted on: January 31, 2011 5:21 pm

Urban Meyer joins ESPN full time

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When you leave your job to spend more time with your family there comes a time when you realize "I need to get away from my family." The time it takes for a person to realize this varies. Some take weeks, some take years. Urban Meyer appears to be one of the former, as a report in the Palm Beach Post says that Meyer has joined ESPN as an analyst.
It is unknown what role Meyer will hold at ESPN or how often he will appear, but those details likely will be available once the hire is officially announced. It will be publicized later today.
Meyer has appeared on ESPN twice recently, as an in-studio guest in December and as part of the network’s national championship game coverage this month.
Meyer "auditioned" with the network during bowl season and I thought he did a pretty good job. Of course, when all we have to compare Meyer to at ESPN is Lou Holtz and Mark May, a talking parrot would seem refreshing. In fact, it'd be downright awesome. Alas, we're probably years away from parrots hosting studio shows, so Meyer will have to do for now.

Meyer will also be retaining his position in the Florida athletic department, which means that the man who left his former job to spend more time with his family now has two jobs. The real question is how long will Meyer hold on to those two jobs. Considering his age, and his obvious dedication to the game of football, you have to wonder how long he'll be sitting behind a desk before taking another coaching job. You know he'll be sought after, but I suppose it's possible being an analyst will suit him just fine, and he may never leave. 
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:19 pm

Fox to broadcast Pac-12 title game

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Pac-10 may still have a game left to play this season with Oregon getting ready to take on Auburn in the title game, but the conference is already moving forward with plans for next season when it will become the Pac-12 and add Colorado and Utah to the conference.  Which means that the conference will now have a championship game, and now the conference has a place to broadcast that game.

It was announced on Thursday that the Pac-12 and Fox had reached a broadcast agreement for the game.
Fox has secured the rights to the Pac-12’s football championship game in '11, giving the network a doubleheader of championship games on Dec. 3. Fox also has the Big Ten’s title game that day. Industry sources said Fox is paying the Pac-12 $25M for the championship game and other game inventory that is the result of the conference’s expansion from 10 teams to 12. The Pac-12’s championship game is valued at around $14.5M, sources said; the other $10.5M is part of a prior contractual obligation. An announcement on the deal is expected later today.
Which means that Fox will now be broadcasting the Pac-10 and Big Ten title games next season, as the network has looked for more opportunities to broadcast college football games since losing the BCS to ESPN.  It also means ESPN will now only have one conference championship to broadcast for the foreseeable future, the ACC Championship.  CBS obviously holds the rights to the SEC Championship.
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com