Fans are ticked, school administrators are frustrated, MWC officials are antsy, but the battle wages on.
Will CSTV be able to broker a deal with DishNetwork and DirecTV to get The mtn. up and running on the satellite?
Folks at the negotiating table hope so. There is a weekly CSTV conference call for updates, and Mountain West Conference athletic directors are receiving additional updates, as necessary.
But what was the fallout from the weekend?
Folks in TV land were not happy. Just how ticked off was BYU's administration when a promoted rebroadcast was pulled by CSTV?
After all, while it could be argued that BYU has struggled on the field and on the court in the two major sports of late, it is a fact the Cougars are the Mountain West's biggest TV draw. Research in 2001-02 showed five of ESPN's top-10 football games ever broadcast included the Cougars. The 2001 BYU-Hawaii game in Honolulu was, at that time, the most viewed ESPN2 game of all time.
It would not be good for folks at CSTV to upset BYU.
On BYU's campus Monday, I checked in to monitor the mood after the weekend when CSTV made BYU-TV pull its compressed-delayed rebroadcast of the Tulsa-BYU game on Saturday morning, after a published on-air guide promoted the event.
BYU athletic department spokesman Duff Tittle admitted frustration, a lot of frustration, over events of the weekend, but refused to describe BYU's administration as angry, mad or generally ticked off. Maybe they should have been, but they were not, said Tittle.
"We're looking at a short-term frustration that I believe, in time, will bring long-term benefits. It's just going to take some time, more time than many of us believed at the beginning of last week," Tittle said.
Up on the Hill, Utah athletic director Chris Hill expressed similar views to BYU administrators.
"I still have the expectation that they are going to work out a deal for the satellite folks. We're optimistic, but it's taking a little longer than many people anticipated," said Hill, who confirmed his office has fielded a lot of complaints.
"We've got a lot of people concerned."
To accusations that CSTV, half owned by cable giant Comcast, had a serious conflict of interest in negotiating with the satellite companies, their chief competitors, Tittle explained that is just not true.
"I understand why people might think that, but the fact is, Comcast is not everywhere not even in Utah. This is a business venture they have financial interests in succeeding with the satellite companies."
To reports on the Internet that a pact was actually signed last week between CSTV and the satellite companies, Tittle said that also was simply not true. "There are people who have a cousin or an aunt or know somebody supposedly close to situations posting information that is not accurate. I'd say more than half of what is reported in chat rooms on the Internet is not true. It is usually a person looking for 15 minutes of fame."
Tittle said BYU-TV's satellite rebroadcasts of condensed or highlight programs of many BYU games was through an informal agreement in times past with ESPN and other partners. It hatched out of a "shared" arrangement because BYU provided about a third of the ESPN camera angles and a lot of existing cables. The relationship helped ESPN produce a better product and saved on production costs.
"The informal agreement developed over time and really worked well for both sides for many years," Tittle said.
Now comes CSTV. Tittle said BYU hopes to have a similar arrangement with the new broadcast folks, and believes, in time, it will work out.
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