Conference USA announced a deal with ESPN that completes the mystery of the other games on the schedule. We knew CBS Sports/Facebook/Stadium were going to be the primary partners but we did not know how or if the rest of the league’s inventory was going to be divvied. The schedule for NT is short on the…
Tag: Television Rights
UPDATE: We found the stream. It was on BEIN 3 — There was no indication of this, so MGN had to click through each of the 11 streams hoping to find it. (I started at 10 and went down). Original post: Tonight’s Rice vs North Texas game was supposed to be on BEIN Sports Connect…
(hat tip to GMG, which posted this twice)
There are big changes coming to Conference USA and most of the rest of the Group of Five, as the mid-major Football Bowl Subdivision leagues are known, that many league officials are understandably hesitant to embrace.
Sports teams used to draw the majority of their revenue from attendance, but for the last 30 years, it has been TV. That is a bubble that is near bursting, or didn’t you know? North Texas is in one of the best situations it has been in in decades. UTSA, Rice, UTEP, are all regional and about as close as anyone can get in a state this vast. I do not much care for combining the Sun Belt so much as acquiring Texas State as a conference mate. Regionalism is the wave, y’all.
CUSA TV deal fallout
Ruminating on the sports rights tv deals.
MacLeod noted her frustration with the Big 12’s announcement to move from 10 teams to either 12 or 14. Aside from that, she said the league would respond accordingly if any C-USA schools left for another conference like the AAC. Various coaches from around the league echoed the some message. Some offered their overall thoughts on expansion in college football, but declined to comment on how it may affect C-USA.
Judy MacLeod is in an unenviable position. The TV deal is crap, the conference could be poached yet again, and that means adding new members. Speaking of that TV Deal:
MacLeod was asked how confident are league officials that the television market will be in a better place in two years when it’s time to renegotiate a new deal. “We’re not confident,” MacLeod replied. One thing is for certain: the TV landscape will change, it just may not be a good change for the league. She said it’s C-USA’s job to find the next path, whatever that may be.
A throng of about 10 reporters swarmed Skip Holtz on Monday afternoon when Louisiana Tech’s coach made his way to the Bulldogs’ table. Holtz held his own for about 25 minutes in his typical jovial manner that produced plenty of laughs. That was about the extent of any resemblance of a buzz the entire afternoon.
CUSA Media Days were boring.
CUSA Deal is Bad, but Expected