Thursday, January 20, 2011
Texas Reaches 20-year Deal with ESPN
According to businessweek.com, the deal includes Texas' licensing and marketing partner IMG College, with more than 80 percent of revenue set to go to the university.
The network contract will not replace existing deals between the Big 12 and ESPN-ABC and Fox. The network has not yet been named.
"We want to define what it means to be 'the' public university," Texas President William Powers said. "The challenge is to create new sources of revenue to support our mission."
ESPN will handle distribution in Texas and other states, and will own the Austin-based network, which will broadcast at least 200 Texas sporting events, including at least one football game each season and multiple replays from other networks, and the annual spring football scrimmage.
It will also include a minimum of eight basketball games and replays of games broadcast on other networks. Women's basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer and other sports also would be broadcast.
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Opinion From Dave Kohl
Sorry, but the news on Wednesday about ESPN funding approximately $300 million dollars toward a University of Texas TV Network is disturbing on several levels, both from a media and sports fan position. Click here.
Posted 3:05:00 AM