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  1. I played around with Tulsa's 2018/2019 Mens' home basketball schedule to see how it would be under the new AAC TV contract and ESPN+. Tulsa played 9 home AAC games. Two were on ESPN2, four were on ESPNU, and three were on ESPNews. So Tulsa had 6 games on ESPN platforms. Those 3 ESPNews games will now be on ESPN+. Tulsa played 9 non-conference home games. Two (Oklahoma State and Kansas State) were on CBSSN, three were on ESPNews, and four were not telecast. So the 3 ESPNews games and the 4 non-telecast games will move to ESPN+. So looking at the new AAC TV contract... Tulsa will probably have more appearances on ESPN platforms with the new AAC TV contract. An AAC home game or two will probably move up to ESPN platform and the OSU and KSU non-conference games could likely move from CBSSN to ESPN platform given that there was about a 50% increase in ESPN platform telecasts with the new AAC contract. Four non-telecasted non-conference games will now be available on ESPN+. A total of 10 Tulsa non-conference games will move to ESPN+, 4 non-telecasted games, 3 ESPNews games, and 3 ESPN3 games. These games include schools such as NE Oklahoma State, Alcorn State, New Orleans, South Carolina State, California Baptist, UT Arlington, UA Little Rock plus 3 AAC home games on ESPNews. All the better and more interesting Tulsa home games will be on the ESPN platforms. When OSU and Tulsa are both on ESPN+ in 2020/2021, I definitely plan to subscribe to ESPN+ for $50/year or $4/month, less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Sooner Sports Network is of course already available. As an aside, I bet with ESPN+, there will be scheduling of stronger teams for non-conference games. If I watch 10 Tulsa games and 10 OSU games on ESPN+, then that works out costing me $2.50 a game. Too expensive pay wall? Really? For me, the jack pot is I hope that football replays are available on ESPN+.
  2. Oklahoma State U is absolutely thrilled with the ESPN+ arrangement. OSU built a $9M studio and broadcasting facilities into T. Boone Pickens stadium. But OSU could not televise all the programs they were producing because the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and the OU Sports Network used up the majority of time available on the FOX Southwest Network and the Oklahoma FOX Network. So Big 12 schools like OSU and TCU were pushed off Southwest FOX. Now, with ESPN+, that is no longer true for OSU and TCU. ESPN+ is truly important for recruiting. When the Longhorn Network was annouced, it upset the Big 12 schools and Texas A&M in particular....because of the perceived recruiting advantages. The $700,000 is money well spent by AAC. And those broadcast facilities can be used to showcase the academic and non-sports activities and programs just like the Longhorn Network. UCF (Disneyworld) and Memphis (Music City) already have those broadcast facilities and, like some many other universities, the facilities are part of their degree granting Communication Department. It would not surprise me to see some new Communications Dept programs start to pop up among those AAC schools not currently having a Degree granting Communications Dept. I agree. Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 are a thing of the past. Now, its just linear and streaming.
  3. Please note Big 12 will be putting Tier 1 sports on ESPN+, especially men's basketball. Each Big 12 school will also put one football game on ESPN+. And, if I am not mistaken, there is a Paywall for the Big 12. Big 12 agreed to all this because FOX dropped two Big 12 Football Championship games and ESPN agreed to pick up those two championship games (but not what FOX was paying) provided Big 12 provided ESPN+ with sports productions. The Texas Longhorn Network and the Sooner Network have been at this for some time and are not relegated to ESPN+ like TCU and the rest of the Big 12 schools.
  4. As stated previously, different AAC schools are in different stages of TV production. UCF (Disneyland) and Memphis (Music CIty) are very deep into campus based production and it is part of their communications academic department. Their students receive academic credit for campus produced telecasts. Other AAC schools are not that far advanced. All this was hashed out in a couple previous threads so I am not going to do it all over again here. My hope is that ESPN+ will have football game replays. ESPN+ is like a conference TV Network but can offer much more as is not so limiting in productions like a SEC or B1G TV Network is. ESPN+ allows many, many productions which a single Conference Network cannot do. ESPN+ should provide AAC with a strong recruiting tool because part of the productions can be coaches shows, player interviews, spring football practice, pre-season basetball practice and reports, and on and on. The Big 12 is really making a big issue of the strengths of ESPN+ over a Conference Network. It is the future and all schools, including the MWC, need to get ready for it. ACC's TV Contract monies and ESPN financial assistance as part of the AAC TV contractas should help AAC make this very necessary transition to tomorrow's world of streaming. Like the Longhorn Network, these enhanced production facilities can then also be used for TV production of academics and non-sports features of the university. Once AAC and Big 12 get their ESPN+ programming up and running, I plan to subscribe. I am not familiar with ESPN+ but I think (am not sure) if you select one conference as your primary favorite, one can tap into another conference without any extra cost. Is that correct?
  5. Boise State had five home games starting 8:15PM MST (10:15PM EST,) UConn, Colorado State, BYU, Fresno State, and Utah State. This means the games ended around midnight. I don't know how you are defining late but that's pretty late to me. These late night starts keep BSU's TV ratings low, despite the fact the Broncos are a very good football team. Mediocre TV ratings would be an upgrade.
  6. More TV money, more chances for your school to get in. Its that simple. The concept of 4 teams for the National Playoff was doomed from the start.
  7. MWC's problems are deep. Oklahoma, with 4 million people, is the smallest state in the AAC geography. But Oklahoma would be the 3rd largest state in the MWC behind California and Colorado. SEC and B1G are at 14 teams. ACC is at 14 teams plus Notre Dame. PAC-12 invited 4 Big 12 teams and would have been 16 teams if the invitation was accepted. So it is very difficult to say that 16 teams were too many. When you have a conference with states like Wyoming with 500,000 people, that conference is not going to have a TV audience of any substance. With hindsight, Tulsa and the Texas schools were being hurt badly by the WAC-16 as these four schools were being taken out of the heavily populated areas into an area featuring low populations and late night starts which are TV killers. Just look at Boise State's dismal tv ratings and that pretty much sums up MWC's primary issue, the lack of a TV audience. The claim that Tulsa and the Texas schools hurt the WAC-16 is really the opposite. The MWC states, with their low populations and late TV starts, were hurting Tulsa and the Texas schools much more.
  8. So you cannot split the tv money separately out of the bowls? Your assertions have nothing to back it up then.
  9. There is nothing in your post that I would disagree with. But TCU made the hire of the century with Gary Patterson and it was he who took TCU to Big 12 and P5 promised land. TCU made a football coaching hire equivalent to Notre Dame hiring Knute Rockne. For Tulsa, it all worked out and, looking back, the WAC-16 split could be called a blessing in disguise although it put Tulsa's football program at jeopardy at the time.
  10. Winning football certainly turns on the TV sets. But recognizing the TV audience, B1G invited Rutgers....and also Maryland. Neither school is exactly a stellar football program but they do turn on the TV sets. Darn you Houston! Tulsa was involved with the formation of a new conference prior to the WAC-16 invitation which became CUSA. But all's well that ends well.
  11. Good links to bowl payouts. But unless we can find a link with the first SEC bowl payout, we cannot compare the Rose BOwl payout versus SEC Championship game payout. The bowl payout figures in your links I think include other monies than just TV, for example, money from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships. My reference is to TV money only. This is what I remember from the Daily Oklahoman. For example, Oklahoma U earns $6M from ticket sales for a home football game (which includes required donations to buy season tickets).
  12. I cannot find a link with the TV money for the first SEC game and was relying on my memory for the $3M. Anyway, SEC expanding to 12 has led to today's crazy football world where TV money is everything. And that, in turn, set off the expansion craze. The bigger the TV audience, the bigger are the conference's TV money.