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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 19 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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Boise, ID

I heard about something like this somewhere else...
who was that other team?

Surfers Paradise, AU

Yet again, cougs lead the way.

Cottonwood Heights, UT


Kearns, UT

That's pretty close to the deal BYU got from ESPN, right?

No offense to myopic BYU fans, but this deal is exactly 0% similar to BYU's. This is creating an entire network devoted to Texas sports. Not agreeing to broadcast a few games a season during football.

Surfers Paradise, AU

While the deal may be different the similarities are that ESPN chose ONE university to partner with. In this case, Texas for 20 years. Why? Because TX has a "brand" when it comes to football and basketball.

BYU has a brand as well, and that's whey ESPN chose to partner. Distribution of content in the state of TX...sounds similar to the BYU model as well.

Pout all you want, but ESPN is throwing a lot of cash towards this model...something they started with BYU.

Sandy, UT

Oklahoma has just announced tonight, that they are also, going to have their own Network.

Up next....Florida, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio state,
Penn state, USC, Oregon, Washington and maybe 5 or 10 others.

They are essentially Independent now, and their Conference partners are not happy.

Because, they've all been feeding off the gravy train. Just like the MWC teams, including Utah, did for 40 years with BYU.

When teams can't ride coat-tails anymore, merely through Conference affiliation, then teams like Utah, might actually have to "do something" over generations, to claim Legacy Status.

I think BYU, once again, is ahead of the curve and in a pretty good place.

No, they are not Texas or Notre Dame, but they are one of only 3 college teams who have their own Individual Network deal.

The Independent list will grow, and if the BCS continues, (doubtful) will have it's own guaranteed BCS contract.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

The byu got way more than that. Its why everyone wants to be us.

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

Bluto, BYU has gained far more from Utah in terms of money (AKA BCS money) than Utah ever has gained from BYU and the third rate bowls they have gone to over the years. Maybe if BYU had gone to two BCS bowls like Utah and TCU you would have an argument but since your team has not I think the Y owes Utah and TCU a thanks for a undeserved share of the bowl money. You're welcome.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

As a proud UT alum I have to say Hookem Horns!!!

Fort Worth, Texas


All BCS conferences except the Big East have contracts for their champions to participate in specific BCS bowl games. Unless their champion is involved in the BCS National Championship game, the conference tie-ins are:

* Rose Bowl - Big Ten vs. Pac-10 champion
* Fiesta Bowl - Big 12 champion
* Orange Bowl - ACC champion
* Sugar Bowl - SEC champion

Please share with us which one of those conferences will allow Indy tie-ins to the BCS games?

Also Penn State tried Independence before joining the Big Ten, I can't see them going Indy even if Ohio State does. Same goes for Oregon or Washington if USC leaves.

Orem, UT


"This is creating an entire network devoted to Texas sports. Not agreeing to broadcast a few games a season during football."

It's funny how BYU haters love to use half-truths to bolster their weak rebuttals.

BYUtv won't be devoted entirely to BYU Sports, but it will certainly be broadcasting more than "a few games a season during football."

EVERY BYU football and basketball home game and most away games will be broadcast and/or rebroadcast on BYUtv.

And most BYU football and basketball games will also be broadcast on ESPN.

Nobody is saying that BYU's deal is equivalent in scale to Texas' deal, but Texas did follow the model ESPN first established with BYU.

As far as BCS money. BYU makes significantly more revenue from one home football game than they've received from Utah's two BCS games combined.

American Fork, UT

Poor little rocky, pebbles and utey. So quick to try and spin.

The fact is BYU already has its own network that is available in something like 60-70 million homes. They didn't need help from ESPN to set that up a network like Texas does. To the contrary ESPN is using BYU's network, hi def truck and other capabilities and that is part of thier deal.

I see fear in you. Fear that USC will soon follow suit. Fear that only those schools that have national followings, or are located in extremely large metro areas so they have extremely large fan bases, will eventually dominate the airwaves.

Fear that the pac10 will eventually be no better than any other conference as it will be cmprised of schools dependent on each other, unable to cut it on their own and thus unable to fully compete at the highest levels.

It will soon be us and them with BYU being one of the "us" that is capable of stnading on its own and generating large dollars. utah will be one of "them" dependent on others for the scraps and limited coverage in their own small markets. LOL

Y's Guy
Salt Lake City, UT

I keep looking for the announcement about Utah's tv deal. Where was that article....

Utes are sooooo predictable. They don't have a house, but they'll try and belittle someone else's house because it isn't as big as the one next door.

How pathetic. And sad.

Bountiful, UT

Big win for Texas, big loss for the Big 12.

Big difference between the Texas station and BYU TV is that BYU TV is church owned and not for profit. It fulfills the mission of the Y and has been around (predominantly to carry general conference) for a long time. Plus, BYU TV is already established and carried by most satelite or cable networs in the US. Will be great for them to pick up the non-ESPN games, the replays and the other sports. Harkens back to the days when folks would flock to the stake center to watch BYU games on the dish.
Quite a bit different from the Texas deal, but still very cool.

As a Utah fan, certainly makes me wonder if USC will make the push to do the same thing. However, Texas has a much larger following that USC for sports other than football. Plus the Texas / Big 12 fans care much more about football than the laid back PAC-12.

In any scenario, in any deal, both Utah and BYU are eons ahead of where they are being connected to the cruddy Craig Thompson conference and the Mountain.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

LOL! WOW! The Domino is comming! You think BCS saw this coming? Do they care? Cable TV going to love seeing comcast die or am I wrong?

I can see it, NBC going all out NOTRE DAME NETWORK. I can see it coming. MARK THAT DOWN!

Ann Arbor, MI

oh how the tds is so desperate for the BCS to crumble.

Funny how the corporate heads like to use the word exposure ( i.e acceptance) yet root for a secular solution.

Boise, ID

All those who spout off about how much Utah gave BYU with a couple of BCS wins need to go back to school. BCS money is split with 50 non-AQ teams, then the conference, then the team that plays in the game after expenses. In the end, not a whole lot of money to be gained by conference affiliation. There is also BCS money given to the 50 non-AQ teams regardless of having a team in the BCS. I will not take the time but would love to see someone else look at the money generated over time by BYU bowl games with time value of money figured in.

Marked it Down
Park City, UT

DEW Cougars

Love your enthusiasm, but don't get too carried away.

Comcast is BUYING NBC! It doesn't sound like they're dying anytime soon.

The MTN, however, will move even further into obscurity and irrelevancy.

Direct TV has already announced that they will be dropping the MTN from their basic tier of programming next year.

BYU, TCU and Utah are getting out just in time. Boise State, Nevada, and Fresno State will regret ever getting involved with Craig Thompson.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@Marked it Down

LOL, oh man Comcast taking nbc - that really sickening.

I use to work for Directv and wow - bye bye mtn. LOL, love it. Not very good for mwc when they find out they can't get comcast in their rural area including some Sandy area. Those TV cables are nasty.

Sandy, UT

Again Uties, keep clinging to your 2 BCS Bowl games. It's "All" you have.

What you dont have is...

1 Heisman,
1 National Championship (by 5 organizations)
7 Sammy Baugh's
1 Doak Walker
4 Davey O'briens
1 Super Bowl MVP
7 College Hall of Famers
16 Consensues All-Americans and
60 All Americans

And you certainly don't have enough of a "Brand" to have ESPN Pay Millions to broadcast your piddly programs.

Under todays rules, BYU (twice), Tulane, Marshall and TCU would also have qualified for the BCS, before U.

Washington State and UConn have played in BCS bowls, big whoop.

A National game of the week for the U? Paleeze...

BYU-TV will be monetized, either through commercials or by way of grants.

General manager just announced BYUtv is moving more to a "general" content with Church programming in the mornings and sundays.

BYU looked to and planned for future trends, Utah, just looked for a bigger Coat-Tail.

About two years from now, the only games the U will have on TV, will be on Fox regional. ...

Times are a changing and Utah will be just another

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