SBD/April 6, 2012/Media
The Mtn Going Dark May 31 As Mountain West Nears Deal With CBS Sports Network
Published April 6, 2012
NEW CHALLENGES: In Colorado Springs, Frank Schwab writes the Mtn's demise “leaves open the possibility that not every Air Force football game will be televised in 2012.” There will almost “assuredly be a steep decline in the number of televised Air Force men’s basketball games next season.” There likely will be an "unselected inventory of games, considering The mtn. broadcast 30 football games last year.” MWC schools will “likely be able to shop the rights to their unselected home games.” For all of the network’s issues, “such as low distribution fueled by the inability to get on all major cable providers, it did provide an outlet for many live games in all sports to be televised” (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 4/6). Univ. of Wyoming AD Tom Burman said, “It’s not a complete shocker; we knew these negotiations were occurring.” He added, “We hope there will be some sort of platform for us to have some sort of regional television network going forward. But there are no guarantees.” Burman: “Each of the schools will go out and negotiate their own TV deals for anything that’s not picked up by the other television partners if they want to. Obviously, that’s a little more difficult for us in our market. We’ve got to put our heads together, but we’re ahead of this a little bit” (CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE, 4/6).
HAWAIIAN PUNCH: In Honolulu, Ferd Lewis writes the end of the network is “possibly opening a door for the University of Hawaii to keep its lucrative pay-per-view operations for the 2012 football season.” The Mtn’s “historical reluctance to relinquish local TV rights had been [a] point of contention with MWC members over the years and was viewed as a major road block to UH continuing to sell its pay-per-view TV package locally once it joins the MWC July 1.” UH receives “an average of about $2.5 million a year through its local TV and PPV rights” (HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, 4/6).