Posted September 6th, 2011 by Brian
Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Football

The University of Texas has a contract with ESPN for the Longhorn Network that pays it at least $300 million over the next 20 years.

A contract.

For those who don’t know what that word means Wikipedia defines a contract as, “a legally enforceable agreement between two or more parties with mutual obligations.” You can’t just decide you don’t want to be in a contract anymore because you feel like it. There are penalties and repercussions.

What no one (both journalists and message board experts) seems to mention when they suggest Texas should head to the new Pac 16 and dump LHN is that it may be worse than sacrificing millions in possible revenue. Texas might owe ESPN some huge sum of money for breaching the contract if they want to kill it.

Not only do UT, DeLoss Dodds, Bill Powers, and the BOR need to decide to modify Longhorn Network but ESPN would as well. What’s in it for them to do so when one of the reasons Texas got such a good deal on LHN was ESPN didn’t want super conferences??


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  1. reply to  #1


    And FYI, the Longhorn Network is freaking awesome. Not only did I get to watch Texas practice today but I also watched a DVR’d three-hour special on VY and Texas’ 2005 run to the national title with tons of behind the scenes footage. It was the best thing ever.

  2. reply to  #2


    Aww I so want the LHN I freaking love UT and I wish everyone would just stop being so jealous and get over themselves UT ROCKS HOOK ‘EM!!

  3. reply to  #3


    Brian, love the page bud! I completly agree with you, the LHN is epic! The amount of extra coverage and the quality of the picture is amazing. I really think that more carriers will pick up the network when the conference realignment mess gets ironed out, but I’ve also had pretty much every cable provider in Texas and Verizon is my favorite anyways. It’s worth the switch IMO if Verizon is available.

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