Longhorn Network Begs You to Help Them Find a Home

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I was sitting at the gym Wednesday morning pedaling my ass off on the stationary bike while watching Sports Center and a funny commercial came on the screen. It was obviously not of the professionally produced variety -- just a simple graphic screen with a voice-over imploring (okay, asking) viewers to let their cable network know they "need" the Longhorn Network. The four names on the screen were Comcast, AT&T, Dish Network and DirecTV. Those just so happen to be four of the biggest cable providers in the country, and none of them carry LHN.

It is fair to say that the linchpin in Texas A&M's decision to move to the Southeast Conference, where they will probably be pummeled year after year by teams far superior to them, was the University of Texas's decision to create its own sports network. There is no question that A&M's move to the SEC has helped to literally destroy one of the great rivalries in college sports as well.

All of this for a network that has no major carriers and probably can't fill its lineup for a 24-hour cycle anyway. I mean, there are only so many "behind the scenes" shows you can run on the football team. Sure, they have basketball and baseball, but even those can't fill out a full schedule. Unless they want to sell air time to infomercials (and why would they run shows on a network with no carriers?), LHN is going to be running some scintillating soccer, softball, swimming and, dare I dream it, track and field action.

Is it any wonder every provider has basically told them where they can put their network?

So, it's come to this: The LHN needs your help. They want you to call your provider and tell them you "need" the Longhorn Network. Yes, because everyone needs to have access to college lacrosse at 4 a.m. on a Wednesday -- that is, assuming you are either very lonely or a degenerate gambler who took the over in the 19.5 point line in the UT versus the Simon Fraser Clan match that was played on a high school field (that actually happened, by the way) and desperately want to see if you won 50 bucks.

Just to wrap up: Sent main in-state rival to another conference, destroyed a rivalry that had lasted over 100 years, built a network that none of the major cable providers would carry and begged in locally produced commercials for fans to help.

Way to go, UT. Way to keep that proud tradition alive.

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hindu
hindu

Agree that common sense is indeed missing here. Love Longhorn football and am proud that UT football lays claim to 4 national championships.  But let it not be forgotten that there are many other outstanding sports programs at THE University, and thanks to sports other than football, i.e. UT swimming, The University of Texas won more medals in the 2008 Olympics than most entire countries. Also, in other sports, again, i.e. swimming, UT has far more national titles.  In fact, UT men's and women's swimming and diving teams lay claim to sixteen NCAA Division I titles.  Hook 'Em!

Houston_Press_Sux
Houston_Press_Sux

I love that opinion pieces like these pop up now in Google news feeds like they're telling us something new. The writer clearly has no idea about what is really going on with Longhorn Network, so he makes up some stuff to sound important.

 

I get your jokey blog post and attempt at sarcasm, but LHN doesn't broadcast lacrosse, nor does UT even have a team that competes on an NCAA level. It didn't break up a 100 year old-rivalry either. Another team left for a different conference who had an opportunity to be an equal partner years ago and decided to pass. Every now and then the less successful, uglier and insecure little sister decides to go out on her own.

 

Please get your facts straight before spouting off. I know this is just an eyesore / ad-heavy blog page, but have some common sense when you form an opinion and get your facts straight. If you don't like UT, LHN, that's perfectly fine. Just know what you're talking about before hitting "publish" please.

dustin.kalman
dustin.kalman

So, what will happen if they can't pick up any major clearances this football season? Will they kill the deal? Actually, I wonder what "outs" ESPN has in the deal. Has anyone gotten a copy of the contract? It should be available via Public Information Request.

Ag1989
Ag1989

Funny for the most part, but I detect some sip propaganda here - look it up, sip.  Bowtie (that would be A&M president Loftin) has stated publicly that A&M will play tu any time, any where that it can be arranged per the schedules of each team.  It was Emperor Dodds who is throwing a hissy fit and has taken his ball and gone back to Austin.  If you're that worried about losing this rivalry game (most Ags are not, by the way, given who we're gaining), take it up with the Emperor.

 

tu is like the BSC ex-girlfriend who won't stop calling you once you've dumped her.

SirRon
SirRon topcommenter

This is a really informative post. I had no idea that the Aggies moved to the "Southest Conference" because of the Longhorn Network, which can't fill its lineup despite being on air for a year. I hear that ESPN check still clears every month.

Augustus
Augustus

Hey sip, the Ags offered to play you in any sport but you took your ball and went home...

brad361
brad361

 @Augustus Just looked at the preseason Top 25.  Who are these Ags you speak of . . . Are they a fantasy team?

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