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BYU independent for football?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Stitch, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    ESPN's sources say it could happen.


    The talk of BYU using its own network to show games, though, is just talk.
    The channel is available for free on both satellite companies and a ton of cable companies, and can't show commercials due to its non-commerical status.
  2. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    What's the motivation behind this? Is it the feeling that the MWC is inferior without Utah? Why go back to the WAC for the other sports unless the MWC won't allow BYU to stay without football?

    Seems to me that without Utah and BYU, the MWC and the WAC are essentially the same conference. One has its own TV network and the other has Hawaii.
  3. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Except Comcast controls the TV network. The Mtn. hasn't reached a deal with Dish Network, which ticks off BYU since a lot of LDS Church members would watch the games. The church used to show games in meetinghouses over its satellite network.
  4. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    BYU do have their own BYU-TV station that you can get on satellite TV, like Dish Network. It's mostly educational and religious programming. They might as well utilize it like crazy.
  5. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    If the catholics can do it with Notre Dame, why can't the mormons?
  6. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    One word: NBC.
  7. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    But if BYU somehow finagles its way into one of those "if we finish in the top 8, we get a BCS bowl bid" deals, it's completely worth it.

    It all rides on that. If they get it, like ND has, BYU is gone. If not, BYU stays.
  8. Roscablo

    Roscablo Well-Known Member

    There also has to be some TV dollars involved somewhere in addition to the possible BCS considerations. If they have, say, some sort of deal with ESPN to televise most of their games and the BCS deal Notre Dame has they are certainly gone. It might be an easier path to the BCS for them and by playing in the WAC in the other sports they are automatically the league's dominate program.

    I think they think they are better than they are and the whole Utah, TCU and now Boise have been to five BCS games between them and BYU's been to none and the fact the Utah got an invite to a bigger conference and BYU didn't is stoking this fire. They are trying to sidestep the league and make a more BYU-centric path. If it works I guess you can't blame them.

    And if this happens, the MWC is toast. BYU is its anchor in terms of following. If not for BYU there would be no Mtn. and won't be without it. I've also already heard Boise could possibly go back to the WAC with them and obviously TCU would be looking for the first ticket out.
  9. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    BYU provides the station as a service. It does not get paid to carry the channel, nor can it for its existing carriage agreements.

    BTW, it's not a surprise that the Provo Daily Herald is pretty much getting shut out of the coverage. There was a brief and a column by the SE, but no bylined coverage.
  10. Roscablo

    Roscablo Well-Known Member

    Done deal according to the Salt Lake Trib:

  11. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Part of the rumors out there is that Boise State would go back to the WAC.
  12. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Thus ensuring BYU's football championship in the Sober Conference.
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