Texas talks network with Big 12 rivals
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas officials talked with Big 12 athletic directors and presidents this week about the upcoming launch of the Longhorn Network in hopes of calming fears it gives the Longhorns an unfair advantage over their rivals.
Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds tells The Associated Press that Texas wants to avoid any NCAA problems if the network airs high school games that have Longhorn recruits. He says the NCAA has no rules on broadcasting high school games and the school has asked for guidance.
Texas struck a 20-year, $300-million deal with ESPN for the network, a move that caused some to question whether Texas was gaining too much power over the rest of the Big 12.
Texas A&M regents were expected to talk about the network at a private meeting Thursday.