Perhaps the new partnership between Comcast and Texas Time Warner Cable could be the link to getting more UTEP football and basketball games on TV?
Comcast-Charter Sports Southeast will televise three Marshall football games this fall. That was announced today (Thursday).
Both Marshall and UTEP are in Conference USA, which has that TV deal with CSTV, which is owned by CBS ...
Just thinking now:
The Brut Sun Bowl on CBS could be the Brut Sun Bowl on CSTV after the contract with CBS Sports runs out after the 2009 game.
When the Sunnies signed their present deal with CBS some felt it would be the last. (We'd figured ESPN would pick up the game).
CBS takes a hit when it interrupts its soap operas to televise the Sun Bowl at noon on Dec. 31, often a weekday. This year it's a Wednesday.
We've seen ABC use it's myriad of ESPN channels to do some of its sports ventures. And it has worked out well. Most homes get at least ESPN and ESPN2 on their basic cable package.
This could be the wave of the future — networks using their sports arms for games that have been on the main network all these years.
The problem with Time Warner/CSTV is that CSTV is not offered on TWC's basic package.
Maybe the Time Warner/Comcast technology can overcome that?