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Published: Wednesday, June 4 2014 2:55 p.m. MDT

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Baltimore, MD

It's nice to have ESPN as a partner - when some fans question why BYU went Independent, that's the primary reason, television coverage.

The MWC still doesn't have a television package that's even close to what BYU has with the World Wide Leader.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Our HD truck and broadcast partner make us the most watched college football team in the world.

Greeley, CO

Does anyone know how to find ESPN on my carrier? Wait, that's easy, it's standard nationally

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

I love the Thursday and Friday night games. Prime time and center stage; looking forward to it!

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

ESPN has been the key to independence. It's nice to be able to see your team, I'm not sure BYU has had this much coverage since KSL tv held the broadcast rights.

Anchorage, AK

Is the U of U even on T.V. this year?

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Why doesn't ESPN show byu on Saturday afternoons?

Las Vegas Aggie
Logan, Utah

Rockwell you need to check your local listing Utah State of the MWC currently has 7 ESPN games 2 CBS games and 1 SEC game all scheduled on National TV with 3 more pending. So I don't think your independence means much as it relates to TV.

Oh yes 3 of USU games are on Friday including one with the Y and I think 5 more are prime time and the last on Saturday. The days of the mountian went away. It's time to get into the 21st century.

San Diego, CA

@Christopher B,

Yes, Saturday afternoon would be great but how can you argue with ESPN (yes, ESPN) on Thursday or Friday nights when there's not a dozen other games to compete against. And clearly better than trying to find a game on some obscure PAC-12 channel, which isn't even available in most U.S. households.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

I LOVE the Thursday and Friday games. Being one of four or two games being on the television is great for exposure. I wouldn't mind seeing BYU with a BYE week connected play one of the rare Tuesday or Wednesday games.


BYU highlights are all over ESPN on Saturday afternoons when they play on Thursday or Friday. You should check it out. BEFORE the games they often show the highlights of previous games. At HALFTIME they show the highlights. At the end of the game they show the highlights. Usually the Cougars get two or three minute clips early on in the day, and gradually less as the day winds on. It sure beats having the game played Saturday night with very few repeat exposure. Besides when they play early in the week I can take time and spend it with the family.

Salt Lake City, UT

The PAC-12 network is the new Mountain. Aggie and Cougar fans have a lot more to be happy about in terms of TV coverage than the Utes do. Mark it down!

San Diego, CA

Las Vegas, I don't think USU's games are on ESPN, maybe ESPN3 and those CBS games are hidden like the PAC 12. They are CBSports, not CBS.

scottsdale, AZ

TV exposure is great and BYU has a large independent audience because of the LDS tie in. But having said that, I still get the feeling that most BYU fans would like to see the Cougars with a conference affiliation. There is no question it is a lot of fun competing for a championship and developing rivalries with conference members rather than dealing with a scheduling mishmash of different opponents over the years.

Omaha, NE

Vegas, you over-exaggerate. Please site your reference. I see two usu games on ESPN 2, one on ESPN, one on SEC, and two CBS sports. Only ESPN and ESPN2 can really be viewed by anyone, so that is 3 games, far less than the 10 you claim are all over national TV. BYU has 5 on ESPN alone. Sorry, your post is not at all convincing.

west jordan , UT

Everyone all either talking up or down the whole BYU TV things. I am just glad I can watch there games, not like what it was like in 2009 when most of the games we heard on the radio or had to wait for highlights etc. Now I get to watch all their games and I do not care who they are playing I always have a good time watching. Last I remember sports and football was about having fun, not comparing each others horses so to speak.
I also do enjoy the Thursday and Friday night games so I can enjoy the rest of the weekend or do some work around the house.

River Falls, WI

Oh the irony of BYU haters commenting negatively about BYU’s weeknight games… Week 1 is a Friday primetime draw vs. UCONN on ESPN. Last season that slot had more than 3 million viewers. Utah’s first game is Thursday vs. Idaho state on PAC12 Network. Later in the season the Utes play a Thursday night vs. Oregon State (10:00 PM on FOX Sports 1). They'll be lucky to get 100,000 viewers for either of those games.

BYU’s Thursday primetime game vs. Houston (week 3) and Friday primetime vs. Utah State will both be broadcast on ESPN. Trolls are making it sound like these three BYU games (UCONN, Houston, USU) are the worst possible slots but that’s not even close to the reality. All three of these games (all against non P5 teams) will likely have more television viewers than most or all of Utah’s games.

FWIW, ESPN is also broadcasting five ACC matchups on their popular Thursday night series this season, including the defending national champions. Sorry Ute fans, but this announcement that BYU is nailing down several ESPN (not ESPN 2, 3 of university) slots is huge in terms of viewers and potential exposure. Go Cougs!

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT


I agree wholeheartedly. I still want to know if Savannah State is bringing its band. If they do I may shell out for the tickets. The chance to see a SWAC team's band live is one of those special things few big college teams get to experience. Its up there with the academy and Notre Dame games.

Do you fondly remember watching all those Grambling Alcorn State games too? Best halftime shows in all of college football. I watched several of those as a kid on network TV. I'd imagine Savannah State will put on a great halftime for all in attendance. All the SWAC teams are like that. However the schools are in dire straights in recent years. The SWAC used to get players in the NFL, and were financially stable. The BCS years really hurt the black schools. They have had fewer donors and all sorts of upkeep problems. This really is the last chance I think for fans of the game in Utah to experience a program like Savannah State. Its even more special being on Senior Night!

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

@ Upac

BYU gets paid a flat fee by ESPN. It doesn't matter if they air the games on ESPN or ESPN3 BYU is paid the same.

BYU sports on TV in Missouri
Lebanon, MO

Looking forward to watching more BYU football on ESPN. Go Cougars!

Provo, UT

As a BYU fan I really enjoy reading about the BYU football program and the things that are going on in the program.... especially how our games are being played across the nation on the ESPN channels....whether it's ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN3.....

And don't you love the negativity expressed by the Utah and Utah State fans:)

Personally I will be moving back east this summer to take up residence in Connecticut....My family and I will proudly wear our BYU colors to the UConn game that evening and cheer loudly for the Cougars!!!

I just don't understand all the negativity expressed in the comments section towards BYU. It all seems conjecture to me. Take your negativity and go elsewhere to express it.

Go Cougars!

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