UPDATE: Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com is reporting that the University of Texas and ESPN and The Longhorn Network will now not try to carry the Texas Tech/Texas State football game on Sept. 8 on The LHN.
Unlike when Texas Tech pulled out of its football game against TCU last year because even the coach thought the Red Raiders couldn't win it, the school is more than justified in contemplating backing out of a game against Texas State.
FOR THOSE WHO INSIST THE BIG MAC BLOG HAS SOME BLIND LOVE FOR TCU OR IS ANTI-TECH AND DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THE RED RAIDERS BACKED OUT OF THAT GAME LAST YEAR - GO WITH WHAT YOUR OWN HEAD COACH SAID ON THIS SUBJECT ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO.
While Bevo is at it, he also wants to stay at the Red Raiders' house, eat their free food, spit on their dog, and refuses to flush the toilet.
This would be like the Kansas City Royals playing a game against the Seattle Mariners on the Yankees' YES Network.
The Big 12 may be on solid footing, but The LHN remains an issue for ESPN and the University of Texas.
This is the problem when you create a network no one can get, and don't have enough quality programming for people to be motivated to bother their cable subscriber to actually carry. As big as mighty UT is, this is a clear sign it is not big enough to sustain a 24-hour network that is dedicated to just one university.
According to this report, ESPN said it would carry this game on one its 45 million platforms. That could mean ESPN. Or ESPN2. Maybe ESPN Classic. Or ESPN360. And ESPN.com. Hell, even ABC. It does not have to mean The Longhorn Network.
Carrying the game on the LHN could potentially force people who would never otherwise watch this network to watch this network. Which is what ESPN clearly needs to begin to justify the expense of operating a 24-hour station.
If Tech drops this game it would have to pay a hefty buyout clause, and would only play 11 games. Of course, the way last season ended that may not be such a bad thing.
We all know Texas and Big 12 "commissioner" DeLoss Dodds run the conference, but even this is too much for ESPN. Not even Dan Beebe would have signed off on such an arrogant, monopolistic move. To even propose such a move was insulting.
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