Today, the SEC and ESPN announced their partnership in forming an SEC network. The deal will give ESPN the rights to all SEC sports on television. However, CBS will still be able to keep one SEC game of the week, keeping a longstanding arrangement between CBS and the SEC. The SEC Network deal runs until 2034. Making it the longest television deal in history. Not the longest … [Read more...] about SEC and ESPN finalize SEC network
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BTN’s Tim Doyle: worst. sportscaster. EVER
You listen to Tim McCarver, Skip Bayless, or even worse yet, Jemele Hill and it makes you wonder "how does this person have a job?" Not only they do have a broadcasting gig, but it's one with a very large footprint. There is no justice in the world. The Big Ten Network version of that is Tim Doyle. As a player at Northwestern, he seemed to always be around and accumulate … [Read more...] about BTN’s Tim Doyle: worst. sportscaster. EVER
BTN fails to air Freeh press conf; claims to not be a news organization
Despite what you may think, despite how things might appear, BTN, which stands for Big Ten Network, is not a news organization. We were puzzled by why they didn't cover the Joe Paterno firing in November, and they were harshly criticized for doing so. Today numerous networks, including ESPN, MSNBC and CNN, interrupted their regular programming schedule to air this morning’s … [Read more...] about BTN fails to air Freeh press conf; claims to not be a news organization
Big Ten conference bigger player in national football power structure
There were a lot of topics on the table of discussion in last week's Big 10 meetings. First and foremost, is the rapid move towards a four team playoff in college football, which could get here in a couple years. I asked Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips what his biggest takeaways were from the meetings. "Couple things – tremendous collaboration between all 12 … [Read more...] about Big Ten conference bigger player in national football power structure
Why Isn’t the Big Ten Network Covering the Penn State Situation?
Last night, as the Penn State board of trustees met to discuss the firing of Joe Paterno, and a press conference with a trustee was broadcast live, ESPN and CNN covered the event. When PSU students took the streets and some even flipped over a television news van, both cable networks had cameras rolling and talking heads squawking. At the same time, Chicago-based BTN, which … [Read more...] about Why Isn’t the Big Ten Network Covering the Penn State Situation?