Blue roundup: ESPN's role in conference realignment


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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 2, 2011 12:53 p.m.


    If you haven't seen it, you haven't been looking for it. Women's BB, Women's Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Men's BB, Men's Soccer, Men's and Women's Volleyball. All of those sports are played regularly on Sunday. Pac 12 Women's soccer plays a Friday-Sunday schedule all season. Years ago games in all these sports were played primarily Thursday-Saturday with some Tuesday or Wednesday games thrown in for the sports that play more than once a week. Then 24 hour sports networks with ESPN being the leader began trying to spread them out so they could have meaningful content every day of the week. Most college sport conferences have given in. This is the biggest obstacle to BYU getting into a major conference.

    Nov. 2, 2011 12:36 p.m.


    Sunday Play
    Basketball Men and Women
    Soccer Men and Women
    Lacrosse Men and Women
    College World Series Baseball
    Womens Softball
    Womens Volleyball
    All NCAA Sanctioned sports, probably other sports. All of us being Utah or BYU fans need to realize that in most states other than Utah Sunday is just another day of the week. IMO this is one of the biggest set backs for the Y, I am a long,long time Ute I would love to see the Y get into an AQ Conference but I do not think it will ever happen. Sunday is a big deal IMO

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 2, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    ESPN needs infomercial filler.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 2, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    Jealous Utah troll role in conference realignment is to whine about every rumor involving BYU, to help them feel better about Utah's dismal performance in their new conference.

  • Pac12Proud SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 2, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    Mormon Ute | 12:13 p.m. Nov. 1, 2011
    Kaysville, UT

    "College sports are played regularly on Sunday and almost every night of the week now, because of ESPN."

    Which sports and what teams are playing "regularly on Sunday?" I would really like to know. Where are the schedules?

    Nov. 1, 2011 11:49 p.m.

    Espn needs an Independent BYU to fill out it Thursday, Friday and late night Saturday schedule. As an Indy they can say when they play - and with a nice built in audience and all that TV equipment ESPN can always force them to play at odd times to get on the tube.

    As for Football - AQ is nice but really is a steady diet of Houston, Boise, Air Force, SMU and Louisville that much better than a buffet of other schools such as George Tech, Notre Dame, Texas and many others? Certainly not as good as Texas, OK, OSU, TCU, West Virginia and the Kansas twins.

    At this point the truth is I don't care anymore (Ok that's a lie I do care so much I read everything like I'm a Soap Opera woman watch General Hospital during the Luke and Laura days)

    - just tell us what you are doing and get it done. End my pain. End all of our pain.

    Say Anything or I am going to go outside Holmoes window, then in the pouring rain hold my boom box above my head and play "In Your Eyes" (John Cusak if you missed the reference)

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    @ Trentster

    if you are referring to the Big East as a non-football conference, I think you need an explanation.

    The Big East has all the so called non-revenue sports competition. The conference is widely considered the best basketball conference in the country.

    There is a difference between joining a conference as a football only member vs. joining only a football conference. BCS conferences offer most all sports.

    The WCC does not offer football and BYU is a member there (outside of football).

    There are multiple reasons BYU may join the Big East in football only. Maybe it's there alignment with the WCC (not likely). Maybe the relative conference only wants BYU in football (not likely). Maybe it's traveling across the country with non revenue sports all too often (likely). Football is once a week and it's the big money maker. If you are BYU and are playing 2 or 3 road games a week back east, then that can be tough. Finances and missed class time are issues.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 1, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Cut off again. Never mind. Not that important.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 1, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    It is becoming clear to me that BYU has baggage that the big conferences don't want to carry. Don't hold your breath too long waiting for that Big East invite.

    Quite honestly I think we'd be better off with a Big 12 invite but not a Big East invite. Especially if basketball doesn't get to participate.

    Big East

  • trentster TUSTIN, CA
    Nov. 1, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    Can anyone explain to me what will happen to the other sports if BYU goes to a football-only conference? Are there any nearby conferences that would welcome any non-revenue sports, excepting basketball? More than any other school within hundreds of miles, BYU has the most completely competitive sports offering. It would be a shame for the non-revenue sports to suffer. Would appreciate any thoughts or insights.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    ESPN has done a bang-up job helping BYU land a position in an AQ conference.

  • AnH Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    I don't like the geographical alignment of the Big East as proposed, but it may be the best move for BYU, if invited, which I believe they will be. With BSU, Air Force, Houston, and others, the league is decent, will offer enough tough games and a few patsies. For BYU it will come down to money. They may well remain independent and wait for the Big 12 to come calling if the Big East payout doesn't match their current deal.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 1, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    I just read the original article. It does sound like ESPN has all too much influence. Maybe they like having BYU as an independent they can plug into different kinds of matchups and don't want them in a big conference.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    Cool ! Still it is all hype and reporter world gossip. When something like a real deal is inked down on paper then I will get all excited.

  • Portland Trail Blazers Sandy, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    I'm glad BYU and ESPN are friends.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    The two ESPN employees who "broadcast/comment" on the BYU football games are barely surpassed by Greg and Mark as true blue "advocates" of the Cougars.

    The ESPN/BYU mutual admiration connection should aid the Cougars as they try to find a soft landing, somewhere, in the current crazy realignment of college football.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    Brave Sir Robin

    Insecure little brother troll spam...check.

    Find something more useful to do.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    I thought the best part of the realignment article was:

    "No matter what option the Big East chooses their BCS bid and big TV payday are both safe because the conference has strong support in the only two places that matter New York and Washington."

    And here I thought that in sports the only place that matters is what happens the field. On the field Big Least has not been a BCS worthy conference for a long time.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    Daily Deseret News rumor-mongering article regarding BYU going to a BCS conference....check.

    See you tomorrow, November 2nd.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    No question, ESPN has a huge influence in college sports not just conference realignment. College sports are played regularly on Sunday and almost every night of the week now, because of ESPN. Unless the NCAA Presidents decide they've had enough and stand up to the money, it will only continue.

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    I'm not sure that "partnership" is the right word...

    ESPN - says
    BYU - does