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University of Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

This is the key - 25 million people in Texas. Two million people in Kansas. And millions more UT fans/alums across the country.

January 19, 2011 at 2:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

University of Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

The agreement does not replace existing contracts involving ESPN-ABC and Fox for sports content of the Big 12 Conference, of which UT is a member. Powers said he anticipates that the new network would carry one or two football games, a larger but unspecified number of men’s basketball games and a variety of other men’s and women’s sports, including volleyball and swimming.

Source: http://www.statesman.com/blogs/conten...

January 19, 2011 at 2:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

University of Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

You equal the student population, but not the state's population. Texas has 25 million residents, Kansas has two million. Granted, not all Texans are Longhorn fans, but there are millions who are.

January 19, 2011 at 2:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

University of Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

In this case, ESPN pays for production costs and a studio. I read that OU was looking into purchasing its own equipment, but maybe ESPN will cover them, too.

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January 19, 2011 at 2:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

University of Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

The population and subscriber base in Kansas wouldn't come close to what Texas has. And both schools lack the money to purchase equipment, pay salaries and acquire satellite time for such a venture.
Leaving the Big 12 is an option, but shouldn't be rushed into.

January 19, 2011 at 2:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

University of Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

Texas would still be a big part of any Big 12 TV package.
They would broadcast some football games, likely those that would have previously been on pay-per-view, but the big ones would still be on ESPN and ABC. ESPN wouldn't want to limit the audience - that would mean it couldn't charge as much for advertisements.
KU is a small part of the Big 12 Network for basketball. Currently only a couple of games air on it, while the rest are on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU - same idea.

January 19, 2011 at 2:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

University of Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

It may take a few years, but I think KU can compete in football. Not with UT and OU, but with the others, yes.

January 19, 2011 at 1:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

University of Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

Notre Dame's deal with NBC isn't near what Big Ten schools get from their network or what Texas is getting from ESPN. And money doesn't make you better on the field unless you use it to hire quality coaches. Texas has Notre Dame beat in that category already.

January 19, 2011 at 1:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

University of Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

No - the Big 12 schools still share revenue from their league deals on TV. Now Texas gets extra money on top of it from this deal. OU is close to having its own network as well.
One could argue that the next league TV deal will be better because Texas is involved, but really, the rich just got a whole lot richer.

January 19, 2011 at 1:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Can Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg find Hilton magic vs. Jayhawks?

They're having problems getting people to attend games. KU isn't.

January 12, 2011 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )