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David Boren: Big 12 Presidents Agree To Grant TV Rights To Conference
Published September 23, 2011
ESPN TO BLAME? USA TODAY’s Michael Hiestand writes under the header, “Colleges Can Say No To ESPN’s Money.” Hiestand: “Texas had a choice about starting the new direct deposits from Disney. With all the realignment, schools willing to trade in rivals for ones with bigger TV markets ... don’t have guns to their heads. Just open checkbooks.” USA TODAY's Michael McCarthy writes ESPN’s “specious claim” that LHN is “not the driving force behind the chaotic conference realignments sweeping college football is like the New York Yankees saying they’re not responsible for high baseball salaries.” The laws of TV sports and motion “are the same here: For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction.” (USA TODAY, 9/23). In L.A., Tom Hoffarth asks if ESPN “should keep pretending its actions don’t contribute to creating consequences like these” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 9/23). But in Miami, Joseph Goodman writes ESPN “helped save college football as we know it this week.” College football was “saved from superconferences -- for now -- because Texas refused to equally share revenues from its new $300 million, ESPN Longhorn Network with Pac-12 schools.” Goodman: “How is that ironic? Because Texas’ deal with ESPN was one of the first dominos to fall in a chain reaction that nearly ruined college football in one maddening month” (MIAMI HERALD, 9/23).