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    How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    ESPN UT: How it Saves the Big 12 and What’s in it for ESPN ę FRANK THE TANK’S SLANT

    Believe it or not, this deal is whatís going to keep the Big 12 together. UT gets to make more TV money than any other school in the country, play its rivals in all sports and keep the Texas state politicians happy. As a result, UT is in a perfect spot and as long as they want to stay, the Big 12 will live on. Could UT make a few more TV dollars down the road by becoming independent? Sure, but thatís ignoring the fact that UT isnít in complete control of its affairs in the same way as, say, Notre Dame, who only has to answer to its own alums. UTís leadership has to deal with state legislators whose loyalties may lie with Texas A&M, Texas Tech or Baylor. Drawing the ire of those politicians that hold much greater purse strings beyond athletics, much less giving up its rivals and relegating its non-football sports to secondary status (noting that UT isnít a one-trick football pony with across-the-board strong programs in basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, etc.), simply isnít worth the extra money that might be there for independence. UT has exactly what it wants: a conference that it controls with a TV network that it gets to keep all to itself. Itís the best of both worlds.
    Another good read on the future of the Big 12.



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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    Solid read. Thanks for posting.



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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    One thing though...in this century, I think the Universities hold the power reigns over state politicians more so than the other way around. I don't think a few legislators--even in Texas--are going to play power games with any state University. "It is for the children.." and "It is for education..."
    Look at Iowa....honestly, despite the economy, is there really any true austerity at the Universities? Hell, they set the agenda, and the partisans better kiss the ring. Selfish unsustainability prevails. The Univerisity of Texas Football Club will do whatever the heck it wants...and it will always be what it is. The Big XII may or may not.



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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    The Texas legislature played a part in keeping the Big 12 together. Those people are unbelievably loyal to their schools and the various fans involved in the state gov't WILL do anythign they can to make sure their schools don't get screwed.



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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    Quote Originally Posted by jsb View Post
    The Texas legislature played a part in keeping the Big 12 together. Those people are unbelievably loyal to their schools and the various fans involved in the state gov't WILL do anythign they can to make sure their schools don't get screwed.
    Exactly. The Texas legislature is the only reason Baylor is in the Big 12 to begin with.



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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    Quote Originally Posted by Shinyhappyclone View Post
    One thing though...in this century, I think the Universities hold the power reigns over state politicians more so than the other way around. I don't think a few legislators--even in Texas--are going to play power games with any state University. "It is for the children.." and "It is for education..."
    Look at Iowa....honestly, despite the economy, is there really any true austerity at the Universities? Hell, they set the agenda, and the partisans better kiss the ring. Selfish unsustainability prevails. The Univerisity of Texas Football Club will do whatever the heck it wants...and it will always be what it is. The Big XII may or may not.
    In the sports realm you are correct. A financially stable athletic department can pretty much tell any legislature or board of regents how it is. But, the author also realizes that there is a lot more money going to universities when it comes to education. If you upset the wrong people it may cost you in research contracts or facility upgrades down the road. For a public institution, that money is certainly a bargaining chip that you just can't ignore.



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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    In the sports realm you are correct. A financially stable athletic department can pretty much tell any legislature or board of regents how it is. But, the author also realizes that there is a lot more money going to universities when it comes to education. If you upset the wrong people it may cost you in research contracts or facility upgrades down the road. For a public institution, that money is certainly a bargaining chip that you just can't ignore.
    See Iowa HF45. 3.something million dollar cut. In the middle of a semester. Ouch.


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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith86 View Post
    See Iowa HF45. 3.something million dollar cut. In the middle of a semester. Ouch.
    Does the legislature ever not cut university funding? Should be something of an embarrassment that our students have the highest debt in the country.



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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    I feel better about the deal than I expected to, but it's too early to really say what the future effects of it will be. The ink isn't even dry yet.

    I have more hope with it than expected, though, so that's nice.


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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    As pointed out in the article, the best part is that the Ocho is finally here!


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    How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    Part of that is a lack of infrastructure in Ames to support the number of kids in Ames. I had a really hard time finding a job there when in was in school, and that didn't even make a dent in my tuition costs.


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    How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    That and Ames gouging students. The city really rides them for all they're worth. Housing rated were out of control when I was there a few years back.


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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    Quote Originally Posted by daphins View Post
    Part of that is a lack of infrastructure in Ames to support the number of kids in Ames. I had a really hard time finding a job there when in was in school, and that didn't even make a dent in my tuition costs.
    You had a hard time finding a job? That has to be a joke... There are always jobs open with the university and with all of the other food places open that are always hiring you couldn't find one?? I think you should rephrase this to 'I couldn't find a job that I wanted.' While these jobs may not have made a large dent in your tuition costs, they wouldn't have hurt either.


    Quote Originally Posted by daphins View Post
    That and Ames gouging students. The city really rides them for all they're worth. Housing rated were out of control when I was there a few years back.
    I can agree with you here somewhat... Housing rates in some parts were atrocious for what you were actually getting. However, there were also quite a few very affordable places that you could live too. This is especially true if you lived with any number of additional people and not renting on your own.



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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    As for as the original topic at hand goes... I don't see the ESPN UT network causing any more trouble than the Big 12 already has. Texas has it's way with it's own network, but it doesn't hurt anyone else to the extent of national or even regional exposure. The Big 12 network still has their choice in front of ESPN UT and any national station, ESPN/ABC also has their pick in front of them as well.

    Just a way to make them happy and stay within the confines of the Big 12 name...



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    Re: How the Longhorn Network Saves the Big 12

    I always enjoy Frank the Tank's writing. He has a good grasp on the whole thing and even though he's in Big 11 territory, he doesn't really show a bias toward them...unlike Jon Miller's "Big 12 on Deathwatch" take. He (and pretty much all hokeye fans) WANT the Big 12 to fall apart. They WANT ISU to end up in CUSA or the MAC. And a lot of them feel ISU deserves it. That's why you take their opinions with a grain of salt. They have a vested interest in seeing ISU fail, and their writing shows it.



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