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    ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Maybe this has already been discussed, but wanna know why you can't watch the ISU/Kent State game on TV tonight?

    Mediacom | Big Ten | Get The Story

    Contact Fox Cable Networks and the Big Ten Network and demand that they quit using Cyclone fans as pawns in their battle for more money!



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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Fox Declares Iowa “Big Ten Country”



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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    what a crock. it never fails. i remember when i was at school in ames and the freaking homecoming games weren't even televised-IN AMES!!??? why the hell can't IPTV pick it up? to afraid to get some viewers? i can hear the conversation right now- "we better not put that game on tv tonite so that we can rerun the same episode of antique roadshow that we played last nite cuz that'll really get some viewers." this states media coverage blows. garn91 is right.



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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Question: How does FOX dictate what Mediacom puts on their own channel?


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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    I'm sure IPTV would love to broadcast Clone games, but IPTV doesn't own the rights to broadcast college football. Honestly, they probably can't afford it. They have to go through the Big XII. Television rights are a tricky business. It's really cutthroat.

    While it sucks that we never see our Clones, we don't have much of a choice. Something tells me that within the next few years, we'll be seeing the Cyclones on TV a little bit more...just you wait.

    I'll never forget freshman year, the pride I felt when on ABC, there was a #9 right next to Iowa State. Unfortunately OU would take that #9 and our dream season away on that rainy day in Norman...but it still was awesome.

    It's going to come again.


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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Fox owns rights to all B12 games apparently and their permission is required to broadcast games on a free access channel.


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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Fox owns the rights to certain Big XII games whether they televise them or not. As does ESPN/ABC. So that's how they dictate what happens.


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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    Question: How does FOX dictate what Mediacom puts on their own channel?
    My guess...Fox, somehow through its TV deals with the various conferences, probably has the broadcast rights to the game, and would not grant ISU/Mediacom the rights to broadcast the game on the local cable channel...


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    Fox Cable Network Contacts

    Just in case anybody wants to give them a piece of their mind...


    Primary Press Contact Thomas Tyrer, Senior Vice President
    Communications & Cross-Platform Operations for Fox Networks Group
    Phone: 310-369-0008
    Fax: 310-969-4334
    E-Mail: thomas.tyrer@fox.com

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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    It also wouldn't hurt to have a Big 12 commish with..ahem...some brass hardware. Make a call to FSN and solve the problem. Most big-time contracts have clauses of some sort where the parties of the contract agree to not do things detrimental to the other party. FSN's decision to keep a Big 12 broadcast off cable certainly doesn't help the Big 12.

    Then again, there's also FSN's fiduciary duty to its investors. I'm guessing there would have been some income for FSN by allowing Mediacom to broadcast the ISU game. Business must be good when one can throw away easy revenue for the purpose of bolstering one's position in a urinating contest with a vendor...


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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    I sent them 6 emails, but I doubt it will make up for their greed.



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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Get over it. Fox did the same thing to Mediacom/ISU that Mediacom did to the BTN/Iowa. Why would Fox help Mediacom be fair to ISU if Mediacom isn't willing to be fair to Iowa?


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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernHawk View Post
    Get over it. Fox did the same thing to Mediacom/ISU that Mediacom did to the BTN/Iowa. Why would Fox help Mediacom be fair to ISU if Mediacom isn't willing to be fair to Iowa?
    Fair to Iowa, the state? Or fair to UofI? The state of Iowa, which is covered by Mediacom, does not want the BTN. Majority rules.





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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernHawk View Post
    Get over it. Fox did the same thing to Mediacom/ISU that Mediacom did to the BTN/Iowa. Why would Fox help Mediacom be fair to ISU if Mediacom isn't willing to be fair to Iowa?
    Let's see...FSN/BTN is trying to shove their niche sports network on to Medicom's primary tier, and force a bunch of people who could care less about the BTN to pay for it. Medicom asks permission of FSN to show one game on a local cable channel.

    Yeah, those are identical situations...

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    Re: ISU Used As Pawn by Fox in Big Ten Network/Mediacom Dispute!

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Let's see...FSN/BTN is trying to shove their niche sports network on to Medicom's primary tier, and force a bunch of people who could care less about the BTN to pay for it. Medicom asks permission of FSN to show one game on a local cable channel.

    Yeah, those are identical situations...

    Silly Hawkeye...
    Actually, they are very similar. Mediacom carries the primary Big12 Station - FSN (it's not the BigTen's fault that the B12 has a bad TV contract), but they are unwilling to carry the BTN.

    So, they are willing to carry a station that is primarily good for B12 sports, but aren't willing to carry a station that is for BT sports, and they claim that there isn't a demand for the BTN?

    I'm sorry, but it's hypocritical and dumb. If Mediacom doesn't want to carry one of Fox's biggest and newest sports channels, then why should Fox let Mediacom appease their customers by letting them show a game that would make their customers happy?

    It's a business, and Mediacom is playing just as dirty.


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