I think that ESPN has done quite a bit in terms of getting BYU more exposure.
They now just need to capitalize on that exposure and win. The past few weeks
have been nice in that regard I feel.
What a great thing for BYU. ESPN is the top of the market, you can't do
any better than them for a national broadcast. Glad it is working for both
parties.Conferences that don't like the no-Sunday play could
certainly benefit from the global exposure their teams would get from BYUtv when
playing on Saturday since that goes around the world. But I guess they
don't think about that. And they're no doubt jealous that the Big Y
Truck can roll into any place in the country for a game that the home host
can't produce using their resources. They'd be smart to take
advantage of that instead of pouting about it. Oh, well.
This is the best part of independence. I love being able to watch every game.
Thanks Ryan for a very informative article. Technology has certainly
changed since the days of KSL and KBYU over-the-air broadcasts. It's fun to
peek behind the curtain to see what goes into producing the high-quality
broadcasts we're fortunate to be able to view almost anywhere in the world
on numerous types of devices.It's no wonder BYU is reluctant to
give up the rights to rebroadcast it's own product.
Well Crissy,You may be able to watch the utes on the PAC 11+1 network but
nationally people could care less about west coast football. BYU IS a NATIONAL
BRAND no matter how you spin it, east coat or west.BYU has the
national respect that u can only hope for.
This has certainly been advantageous for BYU and I hope this rapport and
partnership with the World Wide Leader continues. Toosmart...I think
there's some truth to what you said. I think BYU has been the aloof party
when it comes to conference affiliation, however. The Big 12 came to THEM...the
then Big East came to THEM. I think had BYU just been ready and willing they
would be in the Big 12 right now, but they held back because of the benefits
described in this article. I know it's hard for BYU fans, but the goal of
BYU sports isn't just winning and being in a great conference. It's
about their exposure and opportunity to have a national & global audience.
That's why they are skittish about talking to any conference at this point
(along with how they were lied to by the MWC)...they like the benefits of
independence, including this symbiotic relationship with ESPN.
As a fan from out of state, I'm loving independence. More and more quality
opponents at home and away, and the chance to catch all the games either live on
ESPN or re-broadcast on BYUtv. Are there great things about being in a big-boy
conference like the PAC-12? Of course, but I'm perfectly content with how
things are right now. Could our bowl games be better? Sure, but I'm hopeful
that will come with time and more wins. The key now is to just win!Go Cougars!
My Issues:1. I can't get ESPNu in HD - don't even bother to
change to that channel when they play there.2. New playoff format
will automatically preclude independents from consideration. Notre Dame and
their 'alliance' with the ACC will give them some cover. The Cougs
need to up the schedule front to back.3. Too many late games.4. Conference affiliation is not only about football nor is it only
about Sunday play.My screen name indicates that I am not a fan but
neither am I trying to start a battle of words. Just my 2 cents.
@81uteMy Issues:1. I can't get ESPNu in HD - don't
even bother to change to that channel when they play there.I am sure
if the utes were playing on ESPNU you would watch it regardless of whether it
was in HD or not. Otherwise you would probably not be classified as a fan.
@nhatch82That is correct but we are not talking about Utah, we are talking
about BYU. Is this article about BYU and there relationship with ESPN? Utah
has nothing to do with this converstaion. BTW, I will not watch the
Utes on non-HDTV broadcasts, there are other ways to watch the games besides TV.
2. New playoff format will automatically preclude independents from
consideration. Notre Dame and their 'alliance' with the ACC will give
them some cover. The Cougs need to up the schedule front to back.81,
I'm not sure this is the case. If Notre Dame wins out playing a half ACC
schedule + half tough traditional rivals, they're in no danger of being
left out. Honestly, if BYU wins out under the constraints of a similar schedule
I suspect they'll too be fine but, they need to do it first.But, you're definitely correct about the schedule.
@81uteWell then what do we care if U don't watch the cougs
play! Just so you know most people have espnU in HD. If its a good game I am
not going to not watch it because its not in HD. You are saying you cant watch
the game in HD? well half the country cant watch the game period on PAC 12
network.Plus it would definitely be preferable to listening to it on
the radio or any other "other ways to watch a game" I assume you are
referring to going to the game? This is about national exposure. I am sure you
aren't getting alot of east coasters just deciding to fly to utah to watch
Another word from BYU's partners at espnESPN's Joe Tessitore:
"BYU will always remain relevant because (BYU's) brand is a national
brand...There's such a grand history..."
ESPN's vice president of programming "This is a tremendous day
for ESPN. We're back in business with BYU."
From torn by sports.BYU has a national brand, especially in the wake
of Jimmermania. BYUtv is a tremendous resource for national exposure, and
BYU’s ESPN deal assures BYU national television slots for several of their
most key games.
From bleacherreportabout BYU being able to go independent"Prior to 2003 Utah hadn’t won an outright conference football title
in over 50 years. For three decades the Utes along with rest of the
conference’s programs gravy-trained off of BYU’s athletic
accomplishments and national brand."Congrats to the Utes but give BYU
some respect.I don't know if they are posting my comments but I have
found 10 or so articles discussing BYU's national brandHow many teams
could get a contract by themselves for every home game?hypothetical
question for everyone.
I'm a DirecTV customer and BYUtv is not offered in HD. I've made many
requests to Directv. Anyone else heard anything about the HD offering on
Directv? I hate watching in SD...
Houston vs byu would not be a tv game if it weren't for the espn contract.
Props to holmoe.byu is a is a national brand with the LDS faithful.
Props to the LDS faithful.Don't pretend that byu is a national
brand outside of the LDS faithful.
thanks ekI cheer for the utes and cougs thanks for your respect of both.
PavalovaIf you have an apple tv box and an Ipod you can stream BYUTV in HD
though that.I watch a lot of BYUs programming this way.Check out
Studio C it is a good laugh
Crissy,ESPN does not consider religion when partnering with quality and
consistent football programs. Sorry to burst your crimson bubble but BYU IS a
national brand. Just accept it and move on. When the utes are invited to play
on national TV every week then we will talk. Just so you know the pac
network is NOT as easy to access as ESPN and never will be because it serves
only 11.1 schools. ESPN serves the entire country. I guess we will leave it
the those who KNOW what is sellable to the ENTIRE country. Sorry Crissy but I
believe that the ESPN executives know just a little more about football than you
do. Sorry to burst your bubble again.
The next logical step will be for BYU to cover regional games with ESPN doing on
the on air commentary & commercials. I look forward to the day, should
ESPN ever cover a Utah game, that BYU will handle the broadcast portion of the
event, saving ESPN the cost and yielding BYU-TV to gain some extra revenue.
By the way.Those quotes I listed can be googled to reference.
@BeSmart - You're looking as bad as the guy you're arguing. Give it a
@BeSmart, You don't look any different than the guy you're fighting
with when you can't let it go. Don't be like him. Good luck BYU
cougars this week.
To ekuteHouston has ben on espn news in other games then ares
@ Reasonable thinkerI'm sure ESPN considered the fact that
there are millions of LDS members all over the country. That was the driving
force behind BYU's tv deal, not the actual football product on the field.
That does not mean BYU is a national brand, it means they have a widespread fan
base. There is a difference.
@TFF,There are millions more veterans than there are LDS, but I
don't see ESPN doing a deal with any of the military academies, so
don't kid yourself, ESPN appreciates the built in fan base, but the driving
force behind ESPN's deal with BYU is the product on the field.