the following is a conversation i recently had on Facebook with a Nebraska fan and a Aggie fan.
Nebraska fan: ESPN paid too much on the surface — $300 million for 20 years — to save the Big 12 (which is what it did) and now we know why: The Longhorn Network intends to make coin off of the state’s high school football prowess at the expense of other teams in the state of Texas.
Me: why shouldnt Texas make money off High School football? the University of Texas OWNS the UIL literally they own it.
Aggie fan: because it's an unfair advantage and it will make everyone that isn't a longhorn fan in the state of Texas hate you. (Note: because they loved us so much BEFORE the Network was announced)
Nebraska fan: You simply CANNOT make money off high school athletes. Do you know anything about the NCAA rules? The LHN is comparable to asking what happens when a Longhorn steer gets in a China shop. There’s no telling what it will destroy.
Aggie fan: Most Horn fans are just people who live vicariously through one schools RECENT success. (Note: oh here we go with this again...) What happens when UT stops winning? Will ESPN shove UT down our throats regardless? Just to protect their investment? Doesn't the UT deal create a non need based demand for UT athletics? Doesn't that run contrary to american values like free enterprise and competition?
these people make me laugh. shall i just point out my biggest question here?.....why doesnt A&M try to get their own Network?