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That would piss some people off.
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That would be a DUMB idea.
It would only be dumb because it may be difficult to sell advertising to a channel no one gets.
This post was edited by GoHorns 1 22 months ago
No, it would be dumb because the channel's college athletic affiliation rests solely with the University of Texas.
This post was edited by Jexes23 22 months ago
ESPN is absolutely clueless to think this strong arming nonsense benefits LHN short term or long term. Really really embarrassing.
It would have been nice to have all of this in place before launching the channel...
I don't see what the "strong-arming" is. This is a Texas State home game. They haven't decided where they're going to broadcast it, but given that TSU games are broadcast scheduled on the LHN, it's not exactly shocking that they'd put this game on there, too.
Can't blame them. Texas wouldn't to play on the OU network. But if only 100 people in Texas can actually watch it, does it matter?
A friend of mine is a Texas State Alum and he was just saying the other day how excited he was to see this game on ESPN....He's gonna be pissed now!
That's some petty BS by Tech. Weren't they all but begging to replace A&M as our annual T-Day opponent? So typical of all these schools who want to enjoy all the benefits of being affiliated with Texas, and don't want to give anything in return.
So Tech has to give something to Texas when playing a nonconference game against Texas State?
It was a general statement. But in this particular case, Texas Tech shouldn't have any say at all. Isn't it Texas State's home game? How is this hurting Tech financially? That they would even consider cancelling a game because it would somehow benefit Texas is, again, petty BS.
This post was edited by austen 22 months ago
It's absolute bullshit that espn (and Deloss) would try to strong arm tech into supporting the embarrassment that is the lhn.
Again, it's TEXAS STATE's home game. Why would ESPN need to strong arm Tech? If TX St is okay with it, what's the big fuckin deal?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but who else would want to carry TT / TSU anyway? I'd consider both schools lucky the LHN might show it... especially Tech!
Because it drives the demand for the lhn. You don't think tech fans might have a slight interest in watching the game? And seeing how all but about 10 people in the entire state get the lhn, the only way that'll be made possible is if a bunch of tech fans call their cable providers kicking and screaming for them to pick up the lhn, which is exactly what ESPN wants. Tech is nothing more than a pawn in espns efforts to clean shit off their boot and that's not right.
"That's not right?" Did ESPN not BUY the rights to broadcast the game? Then it's their prerogative to do with it what they want (and what's allowed in their contract with the WAC), including using it to help recoup their investment in the LHN. Would I love it if every Texas game were on ABC or Fox, so I could save $100+ per month on cable to watch the games that are on ESPN/2 or FX/FSN? F yeah, but I understand it's business and the networks have bought the rights to use their inventory of games to drive demand for their cable platforms.
Why would any network executive, on any network, decide to show Texas Tech @ Texas State? This game shouldn't be shown on Travis County All Access...much less any ESPN network or affiliate
There is no way TT can cancel the game. They need that game to even have a chance to be bowl eligible.
You are grossly oversimplifying things. The ESPN/WAC contract does not allow ESPN to put WAC games on LHN, it allows ESPN to choose which ESPN network it wants to broadcast games on. But LHN is NOT ESPN Ocho, it is a network just for UT, so the very idea of acting like it's just another ESPN network is silly. Last year the WAC agreed to consider LHN an "ESPN" network for purposes of their contract to get the UTSA games televised last year. This is a very different deal. It's not a random UTSA game, it's a Big 12 team visiting TxSt. More importantly, ESPN announced last month that it was going to broadcast this game on one of its platforms. So we can't act like this game has no value at all and would go untelevised otherwise.
And let me tell you why I used the term "strong arming." It's strong arming because ESPN is showing a total lack of business ethics by manipulating what content falls to LHN. Now that ESPN is in the tier 3 business along with the tier 1/2 business, it has to deal with an internal conflict of interest. As a tier 3 provider, it is hoping the tier 1/2 provider screws up and doesn't pick up content. As a tier 1/2 provider, it should be picking up the best content, period. It's obvious that ESPN has not been acting in good faith in selecting tier 1/2 content. They have been purposely manipulating their tier 1/2 selections to push more content to LHN. Whether or not ESPN's actions violate their contracts with the conferences, those actions demonstrate a lack of business ethics.
Let me also point out it's also an incredibly poor and short sighted business move by ESPN. Before you had a bunch of Tech fans that were indifferent about LHN. Now you have a bunch of Tech fans who are actively against it. If ESPN thinks a single Tech fan would call up a provider and demand LHN because of this game, they are stupider than the graduates of the schools participating in this game.
Kind of where I'm at. It'd be a PPV otherwise.
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In all honesty, the Tech fans would have a better chance of seeing the game if it was PPV.
Technically you are right. Anything is a higher probability than 0% chance.
Texas Tech should be honored and feel privileged to have their game against Texas San Marcos on the LHN.
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