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Published: Wednesday, June 8 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Castle Rock, CO

Said it before and I will say it again, I would prefer the WCC to a BCS conference for basketball. Incredible exposure, good money and a chance to win the conference tournament every year. And unlike football whoever wins the Conf Tourn has a chance to win it all. Just make the tournament in basketball.

Looks like ESPN didn't mind that the WCC had "high school gyms." It's estimated that BYU will be on an ESPN network at least 12-15 times per year. Recruits are going to love that! Also, because of Gonzaga's exposure on ESPN teams are much more willing to play at Gonzaga. The same will start happening for BYU. BYU will be able to schedule a very strong OOC schedule and get some great games in the Marriott Center (where they do not lose very frequently). Exciting times.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Nothing like fighting to be atop the 10th best conference in the nation.

Salt Lake City, UT

The BYU-ESPN partnership is working like a well-oiled machine.

Just imagine what Jimmermania would have become if BYU-ESPN had been partners this past season?

Well done Tom!

Dave S
Holladay, UT

I hope you enjoy watching those 10:00pm start times Cougar fans!!

Doctor J
Manti, UT

I am so glad to be out of the Craig Thompson conference!

ESPN appreciates BYU...the WCC is a lot sexier with BYU in place....they are both being rewarded by ESPN.


Salt Lake City, UT

Reports are this is the biggest deal ESPN has ever signed with a non-BCS conference (take note CT) and the most extensive coverage ESPN has ever signed with a non-football league. BYU played a SIGNIFICANT role in the negotiations.

Olympus Cove, Utah

More games on ESPN = more recruits watching BYU = better BYU recruiting

not to mention, better access to BYU basketball for all BYU fans.

A win-win-win-win-win...

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

Dave S | 2:18 p.m. June 8, 2011
Holladay, UT
I hope you enjoy watching those 10:00pm start times Cougar fans!!


Nice try jealous one, but the starts will be 6pm/8pm on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Mesa, AZ

Chris B

Where did utah finish last year?

Give it a rest.

We get it. You don't like BYU.

But you can't leave it alone, can you.

We will see where BYU is after a year or two of WCC/ Independence.

Until then, your opinions are just that.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Chris B,

Yeah, fighting top of the Tenth best league that Utah just lost to 4 or 5 times to this last winter and spring kinda rings hollow on your arguement doesn't it? What does that say about your Utes's chances in the PAC10.2? Next to no chance of winning much at all, just like your overrated Football team...

Even though you feel big about being in a supposedly bigger boys league, but can't even beat anyone in the WCC...pretty sad if you ask me. Prepare for total humiliation in your big boys conference B-ball, and continued embarrasing thrashing at the hands of those supposedly weaker conferences that continue to own your Utesies (i.e. BYU, San Diego, Pepperdine, and the like)!

Salt Lake City, UT

ESPN wouldn't sign that deal without assurance the BYU is long term in the WCC. BYU could still go Big East football-only, though.

Dave S
Holladay, UT

Re: Snack PAC

Check your facts there snack pac. Those would east coast start times you're talking about. Get a clue my friend!!

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah


"ESPN wouldn't sign that deal without assurance the BYU is long term in the WCC. BYU could still go Big East football-only, though."

I doubt ESPN got any such long-term commitment from BYU to stay in the WCC. If the Big 12 comes calling in a couple of years, everyone knows BYU won't hesitate to make the jump. As far as the Big East in football only, I'd rather stay an independent. The Big East, with TCU, would simply be the MWC with longer travel.

Eagle Mountain, UT

@Dave S.

"I hope you enjoy watching those 10:00pm start times Cougar fans!!"

Actually David; The usual tip off time will be 8:00PM MDT for West coast games.

It is the same time slot that the PAC is in. Not that you need to worry too much about seeing the TUN on tv for the next few years if there is a WCC game to televise. Can you Imagine any game with your team being televised over a BYU game? Me either.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Actually, they would sign a long contract without assurance BYU would be there to the end. The WCC had an ESPN contract before BYU joined. You are going to see more good teams with some pull signing contracts like the BYU football contract. Every team for themselves for whatever motivates them. BYU was motivated by exposure. They got that and a bunch of $$ to go with it. Utah desperately needed money so they could compete with BYU and other big time schools. They got that and in 4-6 years this should really start to pay off for them when they have a good start on catching up to BYU and the bigger PAC schools with quality of facilities.


8:00 and 10:00 p.m. games are better than no games at all. Utah couldn't beat the weakest WCC basketball team!!

Highland, UT

@dave s

"Check your facts there snack pac. Those would east coast start times you're talking about. Get a clue my friend!!"

If they were east coast times then they would be two hours earlier in MTN time not two hours later genious. LOL!

Love how you tell Snack Pac to get a clue when he is actually correct and you can't even add or subtract. LOL!

Not So Fast
Salt Lake City, UT

It seems more and more clear that the mtn's television deal played a big part of the seismic changes in the MWC. In some ways, the TV deal killed the conference along with the lack of leadership that didn't stop the dying of the conference.

Salt Lake City, UT

Byu has a great deal in the wcc but to say it is better than the Pac 12 is just flat wrong. To go further and say that this basketball deal is some kind of ground breaking accomplishment and BYU's role was monumental in getting this done is a reach at best.

Orem, UT

Dave S

Get a clue yourself.

Thursday night games are never going to be played earlier than 6pm PT / 9pm ET; most games will be played at 7pm or 8pm PT, which was typical for most weeknight PAC 10 and MWC games last season.

No real change as far as time slot; BIG change as far a television coverage. Your jealous sniping is meaningless.

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