Big 12 athletic directors unanimously agreed today to a one-year moratorium on broadcasting high school games on the Longhorn Network or a conference-wide network, league officials announced.
But the athletic directors left open the possibility of allowing more than one football game _ including a Big 12 conference game _ to be shown this season on the Longhorn Network, which will begin Aug. 26.
Texas’ all-access network in partnership with ESPN already has plans to televise the team’s Sept. 2 opener against Rice and could add another game, league officials acknowledged Monday, if both schools and the conference agree to the selection. The team would be compensated for that appearance.
Monday’s discussion addressed existing and future networks and included the provision that no high school games will be telecast after the one-year moratorium expires “unless and until the NCAA determines that such use is permissible.”
NCAA officials will meet Aug. 22 to discuss the possibility of showing high school sports on single-school or conference-affiliated networks.
_ Jimmy Burch