BYU football adjusting to schedules and its new-found freedom

Published: Sunday, June 26 2011 8:27 p.m. MDT

Approximately 140 events will be broadcast on ESPN or BYUtv. The rest will be available online, too. That's glorious news for BYU fans all over the country who have been frustrated by their inability to watch games on The mtn.

A big issue is how the school can monetize BYUtv, which is limited in the way it can produce revenue through advertising.

"That's what we're doing right now," Holmoe said. "It's a modification. There are rules and regulations with what you can do with the contracts and agreements they have with the (cable and satellite) carriers. We can do things like that. There are certain restrictions, but there are ways we can monetize."

Holmoe said BYUtv is available on DirecTV, the Dish Network and 600 cable companies. The channel is available in about 60 million homes around the nation. The plan is to broadcast about 140 live events and games this year.

That means much more exposure for all BYU sports.

"All of our home football and basketball games will be on TV, and we have the opportunity to do road games with BYUtv," Holmoe said. "We have an agreement with the West Coast Conference that we can do games on the road. Gonzaga has a TV agreement with regional TV. If we were to go there, the game would already be on, and we'd look to do some things with them for when they come here and we go there. We'll have a lot more freedom to work out road deals, which is really nice."

Financial footing

Because of the increased revenue due to the ESPN contract, BYU is looking at ways to use that additional money to bolster the athletic department.

"We have a number of things we're trying to do to grow the programs," Holmoe said. "It's not a windfall of money where we can't decide how to spend it. I believe that we have a certain stewardship to our university as an athletic department with how we play, and how we are fiscally, the way we act. The financial responsibility is part of it. I can't say that we're going to take this amount of money and spend it here. We will improve facilities, straighten out some things with coaches contracts, and give bonuses in certain areas."

Holmoe added that BYU's athletic department has been making money in each of the past four years.

"A lot of schools' budgets are a lot bigger than ours, and they don't win very many games," he said. "The bottom line is, you have to win games. We're going to have to win games with what our budget is. The last five years, our budget has increased every year, but we've continued to be a successful program. As we continue to be successful, the budget will continue to go up. If we don't win games, the budget will go down."

Bowl ties

BYU is contracted to the Armed Forces Bowl in 2011, the Poinsettia Bowl in 2012 and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2013 — as long as it is bowl eligible and not invited to a BCS bowl.

When the contracts for the BCS bowls, and other bowls, expire in 2014, BYU will look to position itself into other bowl deals.

"Right now, there's a limited number of bowls that are available," Holmoe said. "Most of the bowls are tied up through 2014. Our hope is that we can get into the best non-BCS bowls as possible as we try to get into a BCS game. You get into a BCS game by earning it and being a qualifier."

Holmoe said he has also talked to some people who are hoping to start a new bowl game by 2014 that could involve BYU in some way.

BYU 2011 football schedule

Sept. 3 at Ole Miss 1:45 p.m. ESPN

Sept. 10 at Texas 5 p.m. ESPN2

Sept. 17 UTAH 7:15 p.m. ESPN2

Sept. 23 UCF 6 p.m. ESPN

Sept. 30 UTAH ST. 6 p.m ESPN

Oct. 8 SAN JOSE ST. TBA TBA

Oct. 15 at Oregon St. TBA TBA

Oct. 22 IDAHO ST. TBA TBA

Oct. 28 at TCU 6 p.m. ESPN

Nov. 12 IDAHO TBA TBA

Nov. 19 N. MEXICO ST. TBA TBA

Dec. 3 at Hawaii 10:30 a.m. TBA

BYU'S FUTURE FOOTBALL OPPONENTS

(all games that have been officially announced)

2012

Oregon State

Hawaii

at Utah

at Boise State

at Georgia Tech

at Notre Dame

Utah State

at New Mexico State

at San Jose State

2013

Texas

at Hawaii

Georgia Tech

at Notre Dame

Boise State

2014

at Texas

at Central Florida

at Georgia Tech

at Boise State

2015

Boise State

2016

West Virginia (at Landover, Md.)

2017

Georgia Tech

Rumored future opponents: Arizona State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Navy, Syracuse, Wisconsin, USC, UCLA

Email: jedward@desnews.com

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