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Published: Thursday, Oct. 17 2013 8:40 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I think that ESPN has done quite a bit in terms of getting BYU more exposure. They now just need to capitalize on that exposure and win. The past few weeks have been nice in that regard I feel.

Farmington, UT

What a great thing for BYU. ESPN is the top of the market, you can't do any better than them for a national broadcast. Glad it is working for both parties.

Conferences that don't like the no-Sunday play could certainly benefit from the global exposure their teams would get from BYUtv when playing on Saturday since that goes around the world. But I guess they don't think about that. And they're no doubt jealous that the Big Y Truck can roll into any place in the country for a game that the home host can't produce using their resources. They'd be smart to take advantage of that instead of pouting about it. Oh, well.

Madison, Ohio

This is the best part of independence. I love being able to watch every game.

Orem, UT

Thanks Ryan for a very informative article.

Technology has certainly changed since the days of KSL and KBYU over-the-air broadcasts. It's fun to peek behind the curtain to see what goes into producing the high-quality broadcasts we're fortunate to be able to view almost anywhere in the world on numerous types of devices.

It's no wonder BYU is reluctant to give up the rights to rebroadcast it's own product.

Reasonable thinker
PAC Country, WA

Well Crissy,
You may be able to watch the utes on the PAC 11+1 network but nationally people could care less about west coast football. BYU IS a NATIONAL BRAND no matter how you spin it, east coat or west.

BYU has the national respect that u can only hope for.

West Point , UT

This has certainly been advantageous for BYU and I hope this rapport and partnership with the World Wide Leader continues.

Toosmart...I think there's some truth to what you said. I think BYU has been the aloof party when it comes to conference affiliation, however. The Big 12 came to THEM...the then Big East came to THEM. I think had BYU just been ready and willing they would be in the Big 12 right now, but they held back because of the benefits described in this article. I know it's hard for BYU fans, but the goal of BYU sports isn't just winning and being in a great conference. It's about their exposure and opportunity to have a national & global audience. That's why they are skittish about talking to any conference at this point (along with how they were lied to by the MWC)...they like the benefits of independence, including this symbiotic relationship with ESPN.

Stop The Nonsense
El Paso, TX

As a fan from out of state, I'm loving independence. More and more quality opponents at home and away, and the chance to catch all the games either live on ESPN or re-broadcast on BYUtv. Are there great things about being in a big-boy conference like the PAC-12? Of course, but I'm perfectly content with how things are right now. Could our bowl games be better? Sure, but I'm hopeful that will come with time and more wins. The key now is to just win!

Go Cougars!

The Middle Of, UT

My Issues:
1. I can't get ESPNu in HD - don't even bother to change to that channel when they play there.

2. New playoff format will automatically preclude independents from consideration. Notre Dame and their 'alliance' with the ACC will give them some cover. The Cougs need to up the schedule front to back.

3. Too many late games.

4. Conference affiliation is not only about football nor is it only about Sunday play.

My screen name indicates that I am not a fan but neither am I trying to start a battle of words. Just my 2 cents.

Eagle Mountain, UT


My Issues:
1. I can't get ESPNu in HD - don't even bother to change to that channel when they play there.

I am sure if the utes were playing on ESPNU you would watch it regardless of whether it was in HD or not. Otherwise you would probably not be classified as a fan.

The Middle Of, UT

That is correct but we are not talking about Utah, we are talking about BYU. Is this article about BYU and there relationship with ESPN? Utah has nothing to do with this converstaion.

BTW, I will not watch the Utes on non-HDTV broadcasts, there are other ways to watch the games besides TV.


2. New playoff format will automatically preclude independents from consideration. Notre Dame and their 'alliance' with the ACC will give them some cover. The Cougs need to up the schedule front to back.

81, I'm not sure this is the case. If Notre Dame wins out playing a half ACC schedule + half tough traditional rivals, they're in no danger of being left out. Honestly, if BYU wins out under the constraints of a similar schedule I suspect they'll too be fine but, they need to do it first.

But, you're definitely correct about the schedule.

Eagle Mountain, UT


Well then what do we care if U don't watch the cougs play! Just so you know most people have espnU in HD. If its a good game I am not going to not watch it because its not in HD. You are saying you cant watch the game in HD? well half the country cant watch the game period on PAC 12 network.

Plus it would definitely be preferable to listening to it on the radio or any other "other ways to watch a game" I assume you are referring to going to the game? This is about national exposure. I am sure you aren't getting alot of east coasters just deciding to fly to utah to watch a game.

Cheyenne, WY

Another word from BYU's partners at espn
ESPN's Joe Tessitore: "BYU will always remain relevant because (BYU's) brand is a national brand...There's such a grand history..."

Cheyenne, WY

ESPN's vice president of programming
"This is a tremendous day for ESPN. We're back in business with BYU."

Cheyenne, WY

From torn by sports.

BYU has a national brand, especially in the wake of Jimmermania. BYUtv is a tremendous resource for national exposure, and BYU’s ESPN deal assures BYU national television slots for several of their most key games.

Cheyenne, WY

From bleacherreport
about BYU being able to go independent

"Prior to 2003 Utah hadn’t won an outright conference football title in over 50 years. For three decades the Utes along with rest of the conference’s programs gravy-trained off of BYU’s athletic accomplishments and national brand."
Congrats to the Utes but give BYU some respect.
I don't know if they are posting my comments but I have found 10 or so articles discussing BYU's national brand
How many teams could get a contract by themselves for every home game?
hypothetical question for everyone.

Surfers Paradise, AU

I'm a DirecTV customer and BYUtv is not offered in HD. I've made many requests to Directv. Anyone else heard anything about the HD offering on Directv? I hate watching in SD...

Layton, UT

Houston vs byu would not be a tv game if it weren't for the espn contract. Props to holmoe.

byu is a is a national brand with the LDS faithful. Props to the LDS faithful.

Don't pretend that byu is a national brand outside of the LDS faithful.

Cheyenne, WY

thanks ek
I cheer for the utes and cougs thanks for your respect of both.

Cheyenne, WY

If you have an apple tv box and an Ipod you can stream BYUTV in HD though that.
I watch a lot of BYUs programming this way.
Check out Studio C it is a good laugh

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