Texas, ESPN say UT network won’t hurt Big 12



AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials at Texas and ESPN say they’re not concerned about the effect the new Longhorn Network might have on the Big 12’s future.

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds on Thursday said other schools in time will learn to “get past somebody having a network” and embrace its own opportunities. He singled out Kansas State announcing plans this week to launch its own sports network online.

Texas A&M has expressed concerns about the Longhorn Network, and this week said it was looking at a move to the Southeastern Conference. A&M president Bowen Loftin says no decision has been made about whether to leave the Big 12.

The Longhorn Network is a 20-year, $300 million venture with ESPN. The network goes on the air Aug. 26.