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NCAA calls summit re: college networks

Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 8:43 pm
 
The NCAA has called an Aug. 22 summit to discuss collegiate networks, CBSSports.com learned Monday afternoon.

Texas received a letter dated Monday from Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for academic and membership affairs, inviting it to participate in an "educational summit regarding NCAA member and conference networks broadcasting youth sports." The growing issue of broadcasting high school games has become big enough for the main stakeholders to discuss the issue. The meeting will include representatives from Texas, BYU, the Big Ten, Notre Dame, the Pac-12 and the Mountain West. All of those entities have or are starting collegiate networks.

The move almost assures that The Longhorn Network will launch Aug. 26 without broadcasting high school games at least at the beginning of the season. The issue has become the latest hot-button offseason item in college sports because of Texas A&M's concern over Texas gaining a recruiting advantage.

"I'm stunned [at some of this]," said Texas AD DeLoss Dodds. "We've been saying the same thing from the beginning of this. We are not and will never do anything [to violate rules]. I'm a little surprised people would be concerned about us doing something."

Dodds added that the Big 12 ADs will meet Aug. 1 to discuss the issue. Those ADs, minus Texas, are still considering starting their own network. The issues are significant and confusing enough that the NCAA seemingly hasn't been able to rule on the legality of Texas broadcasting high school games.

"If you read Sports Business Journal or the New York Times, you'll see that viewership is up but attendance is down," said A&M AD Bill Byrne. "I'm worried about that. Everybody has a big flat screen. I've got one at my house. If it's a bad day, you don't have to go out to the ballgame, you can stay home. I worry about overexposure." 

Dodds also told CBSSports.com that Notre Dame may be interested in starting its own network after speaking to ND AD Jack Swarbrick.
Comments

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:50 pm
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

Emmert's on the verge of losing control of NCAA institutions -- and in a big way.  If the speak loudly and then carry no stick posture towards Ohio State won't do it, the Texas Longhorn Network (and other university networks to follow) will blow Emmert out of the water. 

Once the NCAA allows the Longhorn Network/ESPN broadcast high school games, (with the anticipated showcasing on the broadcast of prospective future Texas signees of Mack Brown adjacent to Bevo, and everything emblazened in Burnt Orange), and whatever else they want, the horse is out of the barn.  The LHN could then give ample airtime to AAU basketball programs that would ensure Rick Barnes' roster is chock-filled for years to come, and the cash will flow freely from Austin.

Emmert's on a precipice with what happens to North Carolina, Oregon & Ohio State from a compliance issue.  It's put up or shut up time.  As Emmert will soon realize, however, all of that's amateur hour once the NCAA allows the University of Texas to control the media coverage of college and high school events.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:38 pm
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

This makes last season's failure even more of a shock.  Now that Texas has been exposed on the field, they must try to get an unfair recruiting advantage on other Big 12-2 teams.  I guess losing 3 out of the last 5 games against A&M, pushed Texas over the edge.
 

You guys have had one good season in the last decade and we've had one bad season in the last decade, and you talk about Texas being 'exposed' - that's pretty funny.  We've lost 3 of the last 5, but we've also lost 3 of the last 11. 

The LHN might be a recruiting advantage, but the only thing that makes it 'unfair' is that A&M decided they didn't want to pursue their own. That's like saying smart people have an unfair advantage over stupid people.






Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:17 am
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

I think personally that every league should have their own network with ONLY independant schools having their own.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:01 am
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

I love the statement given by Texas A.D. Dodds:  "I'm stunned [at some of this]," said Texas AD DeLoss Dodds. "We've been saying the same thing from the beginning of this. We are not and will never do anything [to violate rules]. I'm a little surprised people would be concerned about us doing something."  Just who in the heck does he think he is kidding.  Texas will never do anything to violate rules?  Is he actually surprised that people are concerned about Texas trying to become the best team money can buy?  This makes last season's failure even more of a shock.  Now that Texas has been exposed on the field, they must try to get an unfair recruiting advantage on other Big 12-2 teams.  I guess losing 3 out of the last 5 games against A&M, pushed Texas over the edge.  Texas is already responsible for pushing the very existance of the Big 12-2 to the brink.  Now they want to push it off the cliff.  But don't worry people.  According to Texas AD Dodds, they will not break the rules. 



Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 1:09 am
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

Happy Birthday LonghornsUnite! Smile



Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:59 pm
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

Come on folks this is a great idea. If schools have their own networks we have just the right place to get all the details on the arrests of student athletes and full coverage of the impending trials.
Texas has so many athletes arrested, they could fill most of the Longhorn Network's programming day covering them.  It would be one "Cops" episode after another.

And if you included former Longhorns as well... that would be off the hook!  Cedric Benson, Vince Young, Roger Clemens...  The Longhorn Network would need two channels to cover all of that!



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:44 pm
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

Come on folks this is a great idea. If schools have their own networks we have just the right place to get all the details on the arrests of student athletes and full coverage of the impending trials.  The SEC should not be far behind.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:21 pm
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

Good try, Texas. You almost snuck that one in there.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:28 pm
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

NCAA want THEIR money, I hope that on August 22, 2011 the conferences tell the NCAA GOOD BYE.  Texas A&M do not worry about "overexposure" Texas will take care of that for you.  I for one will NOT be interested in receiving a Norte Dame "channel".



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:23 pm
 

NCAA calls summit re: college networks

I heard Mack Brown on the radio today talking about the high school game issue....according to 'ol Mack it really doesn't mean all that much to Texas because they are going to get their recruits anyway.  But, he really would feel bad for "all the kids" that might not get any exposure if the LHN didn't broadcast high school games.  Hey....gotta give 'em credit for the spin. 


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