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Published: Thursday, May 5 2011 12:19 a.m. MDT

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Veracity
Morgan, UT

From what I have read in National Sports outlets, Utah did not add any base to the new contract...ESPN and Fox Sports only considered the additional of Colorado as a TV base...the Salt Lake market is consider a BYU base.

I am happy for Utah, but they are only along for the ride and a rough ride it will be.

Good Luck though

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Veracity,

How many outlets out there are actually reporting what you purport? I really would like to know, I'm not trying to be contrary.

One glaring omission from your statement is that the addition of Utah and Colorado enabled the Pac-12 to have more games, and a conference championship game. That insinuates a symbiotic relationship, vs the parasitic one you insinuate.

The reality is Utah and Colorado were the best available options to help the Pac-12 reach their goals.

As a Utah fan, I'm looking forward to the ride. It's going to be great. Who wouldn't want to test themselves against the best? And as the best non-AQ football program out there, and school with great basketball tradition, as well as Olympic sport tradition (skiing, gymnastics) Utah is poised to do very well. Of course there are going to be growing pains, but it is going to be great for the university and the state

Go Utes

viva la Pac-12

LoveMySports
Syracuse, UT

"The Pac-12 Network will be subscription-based..." What does this mean? Will it be part of a cable/dish/directv package or will you pay like a Premium channel? If the later, sounds worse than the Mountain.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

There's always a naysayer out there drumming up some reason the Utes don't belong in the PAC-12. It's my sincere hope the Utes make the Conference's football championship game to put an end to such comments.

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

Go Utes! Great news.

As a side, I lament that any team gets overly excited about a TV deal. Not because it is not good for the program, but because it denotes the sad state that college football is in, where the TV deals have far too much impact over everything. In my mind, the only thing worth really cheering over is success on the field. Yes, I know that the money from a TV deal will hopefully lead to more success on the field, but I resent the fact that there is so much emphasis on that. Unfortunately, that is the state of things currently. Glad that the Utes are getting such a great deal, given the circumstances of the sport at the time.

Another side note @ Veracity: SLC certainly has many BYU fans and should be considered a BYU market. But do you really think that it is not also a Ute market? One has to buy season tickets to the Ute games just to know that you can go to at least one game--they frequently sell out. Pull your head out of the sand.

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

I think the question as to which school is better offathletically/financially BYU or Utah has been definitively answered. On Cougarboard dot com, there have been countless byu fans who have argued that an independent football BYU is far better off than a PAC 12 Utah, even with the rest of BYUs sports going to the athletic netherworld that is the WCC. Some of their arguments have been well-thought and even convincing to a degree. But now, with the details of the PAC 12 deal coming to light, the argument is over forever.

I sure wish the Big 12 would pick up BYU. But, it looks like that probably wont happen in our lifetimes.

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

The big news story should be that Ute fans no longer have to watch football and basketball games on The Mountain Channel. Real HD and legit networks here we come!

Dutchman
Murray, UT

Go Utes,

I share your concern about all the money awash in college sports but on the positive side it does buy scholarships for student athletes to attend school and it does provide for great facilities in which to work and train. It also funds men and women sports that do not have a lot of viewers. All that money is certainly going to help a lot of kids here in Utah and elsewhere to realize their dreams of going to school and participating in a sport. It is a great time for the State of Utah to finally have a university as a member of a premier athletic conference.

VegasCoug
Las Vegas, NV

Definitely big money for the Pac 12, can't deny that it's a big time coup for the Utes.

Looks like being middle to bottom of the PAC each year is going to yield a nice monetary compensation!

Good luck Utes! You guys will be lucky to win 6 games this year, and you will get your heads handed to you in Provo on September 17th.... MARK IT DOWN

Alpha Chicken
Orem, UT

This is great news for the Utes and there is nobody out there that can say otherwise. Any way that you look at it each team, including Utah, in the Pac 12 wins. As far as Utah "being along for the ride", as per "Veracity" above, who cares? Utah got the invitation and you do not pass something like that up when the opportunity presents itself. It will create new challenges, but The Mountain West conference thing had run its course, and it was obvious that after three undefeated seasons (Utah two, TCU 1), no team in that conference will ever get a shot at a national championship regardless of the circumstance. Time to move on, and its all coming up roses at this point!

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Dutchman

I agree with you. You are right that the money is not all bad. My negative post definitely comes across that way though. There are some positives, no doubt. Since the situation is unlikely to change any time soon, the positives are probably the best things to focus on.

Also, don't get me wrong, the rabid Ute fan in me is stoked at this deal. It is amazing and I hope it translates into not only good help for other Utah sports and athletes, but into some serious kick-butt football from the Utes.

Ibleedcrimson
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Good luck Utes! You guys will be lucky to win 6 games this year, and you will get your heads handed to you in Provo on September 17th.... MARK IT DOWN"

Whether they got a million or 50 million a year, you're tired oft repeated and lame comments would not change. That should become the BYU fight song considering how often troll nation repeats it!!!

VIP
Kearns, UT

@ LoveMySports

Worse than the Mountain Network?! Seriously? You can't mean that. Even if they gave me free HBO and Showtime for 12 months I would never, ever, want the Utes games to be on the MTN again.

"Subscription based" means its not free TV. The only channels that aren't subscription based are local channels like FOX 13, KUTV, KUED, etc.

Whether the PAC-12 Network is part of your basic or premium package will be determined by DirecTV, Dish, Comcast.

But it can't possibly be as bad as the MTN. I can give you 3 billion reasons why.

Captain Sweatpants
Hampstead, NC

I wonder how differently this would be viewed by the BYU Faithful (and Ute Nation) if BYU had gotten the Pac-12 invite and the big money associated with it.....

gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

If Utah is 7-3 against the pac10 in the BCS era without the money why would they not compete with the BCS league money? The Pac 12 agreement the Utes are part of crushes all other BCS league contracts that came before it. Not to mention BYU's independent contract.
Some BYU fans are really reaching at this point. Stop it, you look silly.

Y's Guy
Salt Lake City, UT

Win, lose, or draw, sounds like a good deal for the Utes. I still hope you lose to the Y in every game you play, but I can't fault the deal you've got. Props to you.

Ravenal
Somewhere in, Utah

That's still waaaayy to much money to be making off of unpaid athletes but it is what it is. That being said, congrats again to the Utes from a Cougar.

Veracity
Morgan, UT

Big money means Big expectations...Big expectations means Big mistakes...Big mistakes means Big scandals...Big scandals means Big probations...Look out, here comes the BIGS!

AFCoug
Colorado Springs, CO

Congrats to the Utes! I hope you tear up the Pac 12 while losing to BYU every year. Still all this shows is the division between the haves and have nots in college football. BYU, BSU will continue to play BCS teams well and win many of those games while still being left out of the monopolistic system that fails to promote competition remains in place. Utah does deserve the pay off but to say it deserves it more than a BYU or BSU is simply ignorant. BSU has won as many BCS bowls as Utah and had a better record over the course of the last several year (albeit against lesser competition). BYU has also put together several goods season(14-1, 12-2, 11-2, 11-2) and has great tradition while still remaining the only non-BCS school to win a national championship. In the end we should all hope for the demise of the BCS and the aristocratic atmosphere that surrounds it.

I am a bit worried about how available the PAC12 channel will be. When BYU-Utah meet in SLC will I be able to watch the game without upgrading my TV pkg?

Big R
La Palma, CA

subscription means maybe apple tv or google tv. You are missing the point that the big games will be on ESPN or Fox. The Pac-12 network will pick up the rest so you'll get a lot of free games if you have ABC or FOX network. You'll get a number of other games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or FX and perhaps some Fox regional channels. Then if you want to subscribe to whatever it is, you can get every game on the pac-12 network.

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