Ryan Teeples: BYUtv uses sports, original programming to churn out highly-skilled TV grads

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  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 8, 2013 6:44 p.m.

    In a fair system, not weighted by conference cachet, an independent BYU with a great record will probably be eligible for a playoff format. Since the invitees are supposed to be defined by a rating system, I suspect that BYU will get a playoff bid before a lot of conference teams would.

    Consider Penn State, who before they joined the BIG, played in major bowls, including Orange, winning an NC. After joining the BIG, nada. Utah and TCU are also finding the sledding tough in the PAC12 and Big 12. Even BSU is finding MWC play a little tougher than before.

    BYU would too, but they're not going to be playing Oregon, USC, UCLA, Stanford, et al. every year. They'll be playing those teams, but not in a single year.

    I maintain that even this year, the teams they play are not familiar with everything BYU does. In reading the Wisconsin blogs, for example, while they show respect for BYU, they're pretty confident they'll win. As Stanford was when they strutted into Salt Lake.

    Bottom line: good publicity and a better change of a playoff spot as an independent. We'll see, but I like the arrangement.

  • brownderby Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    GJ "inflexibility"?? May I refer you to Exodus 20:8

  • GJ Greenwood, IN
    Nov. 8, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    I think BYU's inflexibility with regards to Sunday play had more to do with not being invited to the Big12 than did anything regarding BYUtv. Remember Texas has their own television station too.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 4:26 a.m.


    With all due respect to your comment, I think you are missing the point of BYUtv. Sports do not drive BYUtv but rather the mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I would love for BYU to be part of the Big 12 conference but not for the money. BYU makes plenty enough to support its own athletic endeavors and I would guess its even near, if not in the top 25 revenue producing universities.

    Ryan Teeples said-"BYUtv wants the membership of the LDS Church and the world at large to come into its house and see what it has to offer, and athletics is the front door."

    I personally believe BYU's football independence is not by accident nor is it because BYU is not wanted by the big conferences. BYUtv has a far greater mission than most of us can imagine in the present tense and only time will expose the wisdom and blessing of BYUtv.

    I Believe we have to look past the worlds definitions of success in terms of money and championships and view things with an eye focused on hastening the work.

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    @ wazzup: You are assuming that the Big 12 even made that offer, which is simply hearsay. Were they talking about things? Perhaps; but that offer never even was made.

    BYU on the other hand continues to improve, and they have the chance this year to make some noise should they finish strong, even a slim outside chance at the BCS. Next year, if they can keep up the pace, they could be on track for the new playoffs. Within the MWC, even undefeated , they never would have gotten that chance (look at Fresno State or Northern Illinois; undefeated, yet outside most serious BCS conversations, because of weak SOS).

    BYU now controls their destiny, and as they continue to improve, in several years they could even keep their rebroadcasting rights AND get that coveting spot in a Big Boy Conference. Till then, they'll just need to play their hardest, and meanwhile Cougar Nation continues to enjoy all the benefits that BYUtv brings, including rebroadcasting for most football games, as well as live broadcasting for nearly all other BYU sports, which is a dream come true for those sports. Hard to improve on that, money or not.

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    It's unfortunate that our inflexibility re: rebroadcasting rights with the Big12 cost BYU the opportunity to join that conference and access to $10's millions of dollars of BCS revenue.

    I hope BYU made the right decision. All because of rebroadcast rights of BYU football. Was immediate broadcast rights really worth losing out of that kind of revenue?