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I was sitting at the gym Wednesday morning pedaling my ass off on the stationary bike while watching Sports Center and a funny commercial came on the screen. It was obviously not of the professionally produced variety -- just a simple graphic screen with a voice-over imploring (okay, asking) viewers to let their cable network know they "need" the Longhorn Network. The four names on the screen were Comcast, AT&T, Dish Network and DirecTV. Those just so happen to be four of the biggest cable providers in the country, and none of them carry LHN.
It is fair to say that the linchpin in Texas A&M's decision to move to the Southeast Conference, where they will probably be pummeled year after year by teams far superior to them, was the University of Texas's decision to create its own sports network. There is no question that A&M's move to the SEC has helped to literally destroy one of the great rivalries in college sports as well.
All of this for a network that has no major carriers and probably can't fill its lineup for a 24-hour cycle anyway. I mean, there are only so many "behind the scenes" shows you can run on the football team. Sure, they have basketball and baseball, but even those can't fill out a full schedule. Unless they want to sell air time to infomercials (and why would they run shows on a network with no carriers?), LHN is going to be running some scintillating soccer, softball, swimming and, dare I dream it, track and field action.
Is it any wonder every provider has basically told them where they can put their network?
So, it's come to this: The LHN needs your help. They want you to call your provider and tell them you "need" the Longhorn Network. Yes, because everyone needs to have access to college lacrosse at 4 a.m. on a Wednesday -- that is, assuming you are either very lonely or a degenerate gambler who took the over in the 19.5 point line in the UT versus the Simon Fraser Clan match that was played on a high school field (that actually happened, by the way) and desperately want to see if you won 50 bucks.
Just to wrap up: Sent main in-state rival to another conference, destroyed a rivalry that had lasted over 100 years, built a network that none of the major cable providers would carry and begged in locally produced commercials for fans to help.
Way to go, UT. Way to keep that proud tradition alive.
hornokc................when the aggies say they left because of the LHN remember they are lying. They were offered a co-network by The University of Texas when the discussion first started their AD however said they didn't think the network would work. When Texas was close to a deal with ESPN then the aggies decided they wanted a part of the action.(after the leg work was done) Texas said no...........in addition:
- the aggies realize they will never be seen as a major athletic program unless they leave the conference Texas was in...............
-"rival" you should win more than about 30% of the time when you play your "rival"........for the contest to be a rivalry.
-I am totally in agreement the LHN has been bad (with the exception of the money Texas receives) I really miss the basketball and baseball games. But I am glad the aggies are gone!
-I have emailed Uverse several times so I think its a good idea for fans to contact cable providers with football season around the corner.
This post was edited by austinr 21 months ago
"Leadership is wisdom, courage and great carelessness of self"
If you think that LHN prompted A&M to leave you are delusional. They left to get out of the shadow, and the network gave them a good excuse.
I only copied and pasted that, aggies left because of brain damage.
This post was edited by hornokc 21 months ago
Regardless, atm left because of the LHN, not that I give a s**t.
People would be shocked to find out when the Aggies began their talks with the SEC.
Aggies left because they had options and no one could stop them from leaving. In fact all the schools that had better options left (Nebraska, CU, Mizzou). The only schools that stayed in the Big 12 are those schools that had no choice. If the PAC would've taken OU, they would be gone too.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by austinr 21 months ago
If we could only find out when.
UT is getting their basic 15 million. It would have been nice if they could have gotten the secret projection of $100 million, but it isn't likely to happen.
The early 1990s. It was a long time coming.
If atm started talking to the SEC in the 90's it took the SEC roughly 15-20 years to figure they couldn't get Texas, so they went ahead and took Aggie.
This post was edited by utxX3 21 months ago
11/24/11: 27-25, 76-37-5, a winning record at Kyle Field, and bragging rights 'til Gabriel blows his horn. Well...bye.
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