BYU football: ESPN a big help in filling Cougars' schedule

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  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Nov. 9, 2010 5:42 p.m.


    Between Obama's and the Democrats "shellacking" or Utah's, I don't know who had the saddest week.

    As for BYU, if anything, 10 million annually is low.


    1-ESPN is paying BYU 1 to 1.5 million dollars for every Home Football game.
    (They are contracted to broadcast a min. of 4 and can opt for up to 8 anuallly).....Do the math!

    2-ESPN also has rights to all Home Basketball games, this will generate many millions more.

    3-BYU also has complete control to Re-Broadcast all games televised by ESPN, on the same day, these games can also be monetized.

    4-Games not picked up by either BYU-TV or ESPN can be contracted out locally or regionally as well, as was the case 20 years ago.

    BYU's contract with KSL was only a million dollars annually 20 years ago, which was grossly undervalued at that time.

    Estimates on local braodcasts of BYU sports, after ESPN and BYU-TV pick them over, could generate several million more, especially in the Int. West Market.

    BYU keeps all Bowl money, and can create 2.5 million dollar games eg; WVU vs BYU.....UtahCan't

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 8, 2010 1:00 a.m.


    Let's have some perspective. First, I'm glad our players and coaches admit they got outplayed and gave credit to the Frogs instead of the standard tds-denial line of "we beat ourselves." Second, I'm glad to know we're going to a bowl instead of sweating out being eligible to go to Albuquerque for a mulligan against Nevada. Third, your $10M figure is WAY too high, more like half of that. Fourth, tds has indeed succeeded in becoming the ND of the West, proudly independent, mediocre and irrelevant in the national conversation every year.

    But hey, it looks good on you!

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2010 8:21 a.m.

    Utah fans....How you feeling this morning?

    Enjoy being a Mid-Major in your own Conference. When 4-6 losses annually become the norm, then and maybe then you may chow down on some humble pie. We know the fans will go away.

    One consolation Utes, Nobody will be watching you play Nationally when you're stuck in Fox-Regional Land. Anybody seen Washington State latey? Welcome to their World, Utes.

    BYU does 2-1 with Note Dame...Only. After the intial 2 games, it will be a Home and Home 4 game series, could Utah ever get Notre Dame to come to SLC?

    The Texas game is a Home and Home, the intial one game series with Texas was set before BYU's Independence. Every other new series is home and home, with more to come.

    ESPN does not invest 10 million a year to watch BYU play Bo-diddly-UtahTech.


    1-Every BYU football and Basketball game will be on National TV, Period. ESPN family or BYU TV.

    2-BYU will generate 10-15 million immediately by controlling their own product, themselves.

    Utah found it's home in Socialistic Utopia, while BYU "Owns their Own Brand".

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    I just got done watching SDSU beat CSU.

    Really, they should have nothing to complain about anymore.

    Now, CSU on the other hand had some bad calls.

    It goes with the territory.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    Is it kind of sad to need to have the mothership hold your hand?

    Just asking.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    Nov. 5, 2010 11:05 p.m.


    The DN prints non-stories like these to keep our BYU obsessed friends from completely losing it.


    Actually, BYU's typical schedule going forward will be 2 or 3 traditional powers, 3 or 4 middle of the conference AQ teams (like Utah), and 4 to 6 WAC/MWC and other non-AQ teams.

    Typical record 11-2. Every home game and most road games televised nationally. BCS games (as long as the BCS lasts) every 4 or 5 years; after that, regular appearances in the playoffs; and, as always, perennial Top 25 finishes like BYU has done since 1977.

    An undefeated season with wins over teams like Texas, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Utah will earn BYU a shot at another national championship.

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    Schedule? Every year for BYU will be the same - they will play 2 good national teams, 2 "regional" powers and 8 WAC/MWC teams. Avg. record 8 / 4 (best case 9 / 3 ..... oh wait, is that the past or the future?

  • Basement Dweller Prather, CA
    Nov. 5, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    I only wish I could have attended a PAC 10 school. At least my Utes will make me feel worthwhile.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Nov. 5, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    I just read that California and Colorado each have an opening on their schedule for next season. BYU can schedule two more games. Those two games would be a good match.

  • Archie O\'Fallon, MO
    Nov. 5, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    It seems to me this article is one of those Deseret News attempts to generate some interest in BYU football. I heard yesterday that tickets for the BYU/UNLV game are being hawked on line for $8 - $12.

    Good luck in your "Quest for Attention" Des News.

    Zoniezoobie | 4:35 p.m. Nov. 5, 2010
    "The Big 12 with Texas on a down year may yet send out invites to replace CU and Nebraska. The eyes of Texas may be upon TCU and BYU. BYU may not be independent for long, a couple seasons, if that.."

    Do you realize that BYU fans have been saying the same thing about the PAC 10 for three decades? They've said it right up until June 2010. Suddenly, it's the Big 12 that wants BYU.

    How embarrassing for you people.

    Owl | 5:43 p.m. Nov. 5, 2010
    The Utes HAVE their own story. See the front page.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    Yewt fans are the first to comment. Who cares what you say? You remind me of Keith Olbermann. Get your own story.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 5:40 p.m.


    If it weren't for blown calls, every team in the country would be undefeated.

  • AdnerbNoslen Vancouver, WA
    Nov. 5, 2010 4:52 p.m.

    Did I miss something? Was there a reason to print an article about ESPN helping BYU with scheduling when there hasn't been any announcement about BYU's schedule?

    When they announce the schedule for 2011, then an article would be appropriate.

  • RSL1 Washington, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    San Diego State will never go undefeated. All good teams have really bad calls against them. They win despite them.

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 5, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    Conference realignment is still in play with the Big East going to ten teams and looking at TCU and Central Florida. The Big 12 with Texas on a down year may yet send out invites to replace CU and Nebraska. The eyes of Texas may be upon TCU and BYU. BYU may not be independent for long, a couple seasons, if that..

    The Utes had better bring it, or their season ends tomorrow. Next year's PAC12 initiation may find them near the bottom with ASU, CU, and Wazzu.

  • tron527 Provo, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 4:30 p.m.

    If it weren't for blown calls San Diego State would be undefeated this year with the schedule they have.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 5, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    I'm not worried of BYU this year. If they played the ute schedule, they'd be 7 & 1. Sa Diego State would be undefeated.

  • showmeyatd's Pleasant View, Utah
    Nov. 5, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    As a Ute fan it makes me laugh how BYU fans think they have it better than our new conference alignment. I will say this though. BYU will have some great games against big name opponents.. the question is can they win? If they field a team like this years I'd be worried. And Live Hard as I recall BYU is playing Georgia Tech with the same home and home schedule ratio. BYU will be fine if they win but I know they would trade that in immediately to be in the Pac 12. I'm excited for next year for both schools. I just enjoy good football games regardless if its red or blue. It's good for the state. GO UTES

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    BYU fans cant understand that espn partnered with Byu not because they are a football powerhouse but because Byu has 12 million mormons tuning in to watch them no matter how bad they stink.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 5, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    Live hard. I actually thought hedgehog would be the first no-class comment from an obsessed, insecure anti-fan. You are right that BYU will get what they deserve. More national recognition. The only team with a single contract with ESPN. Games with some of the most prominent teams in the nation from every BCS conference. Success on a national level, in front of national audiences.
    Don't worry though, BYU will still do the U a favor and fit you in each year. After all, what kind of a big brother would we be to leave you behind.
    Oh, and your welcome for carrying they conferences the U has belonged to for the past 30 years on their backs while the U basked in irrelevance and obscurity.