This season’s Texas Spring football game, also known as the two-hour ad for the newly constructed joint venture Longhorn Network between ESPN and UT, was also notable for the commentary of ESPN analyst Chris Spielman.
Chris was quite critical of how a couple of Texas players were getting praise from their teammates without earning their “Horns.”
Well…USA Today reporter Michael Hiestand noted the Austin American-Statesman acquired a copy of the actual agreement between the worldwide leader in sports and the university. It appears Texas had enough clout to include a clause they retained the ability to replace ESPN network talent as desired if they do not reflect the school’s best interests for their network.
We are smart enough to know the media determines what world events constitute “news,” what the “news” is in sports, etc. I hope we are all smart enough to also understand the various major sports league networks…and now these up-and-coming college networks…will equally determine what they want us to see, not necessarily what we should see.
I suspect Chris already is on a list somewhere in Austin of those people UT doesn’t desire to call their games. While I disagreed with what he said that day, all of us lose when we put filters on announcers, or not even let them appear because they might have a contrasting opinion.