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SBD/July 29, 2011/Media
Big Ten Network Will Not Televise High School Games In Near Future
Published July 29, 2011
FOILED PLANS: In Austin, Cantu & Bohls report before ESPN "backed away from its plan to televise high school football on the Longhorn Network because of the outcry from other Big 12 Conference schools," network officials "approached a 'handful' of high school coaches about the possibility of airing their teams' games this season." Austin High School coach L.D. Williams Thursday said that he was "contacted 'two or three weeks ago' by Paragon Marketing, which acts as a third party to acquire high school games for broadcast by ESPN Networks." Lake Travis High School coach Hank Carter also said that he was "approached by Paragon about the Cavaliers' season-opening game against Westlake, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27." ESPN Dir of Communications for College Sports Keri Potts in an e-mail Thursday said, "We will honor all of our obligations (regarding the Longhorn Network). I think there's a handful (of high school games that were considered for broadcast), but not a lot. I really don't want to go beyond that" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 7/29).