Texas Steers Their Network – ESPN Talent Could Get Gored

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.


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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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4 Responses to Texas Steers Their Network – ESPN Talent Could Get Gored

  1. It’s just a matter of time before the remainig members of the B12 will want to split from the Texas run conference. Of coarse it needs to be at the right price. The B12 is on shakier ground, not finically, than the Big East.


  2. Thanks for stopping by, PI. I agree – all of what we grew up with will be wiped away in the next 5 years. I am still trying to adjust to what is coming in a few months…just walked by the TV mentioning Nebraska getting their first taste of Big 10 football. I am all for change but everything I loved about the rivalries and leagues gets blown up little by little each season now.


    • If this conference jumping and TV cash running things were to lead to a playoff I’d be all for it, but it almost like having a few sports leagues trying to grab the best talent like the old AFL/NFL days.


  3. Pingback: Texas A & M Marching Into Oblivion? 12th Man Not In Big 12 « sportsattitudes

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