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.