I was looking forward to catching some UT basketball games on BCSN this year. Last year UT wouldn't allow BCSN to cover any of their games unless the covered all of the games and paid UT to cover them. Now after one game UT has once again decided not to allow BCSN cover any of the home games unless the pay a REDICULOUS amount of money. I mean who does UT think they are??? They are far from the elite basketball programs in the NCAA. The womens team last year had an incredible run and none of it was aired, because of UT decision... BIG MISTAKE!!!! I understand if they have a problem with airing live games because that could prevent people from coming to watch the games live and that may "POSSIBLY" put a dent in the ticket sales, but the games BCSN covers are usually on tape delay. Not airing the games only hurts the programs if you ask me.
1. It's a great recruiting tool for the coaches
2. Fans who can't attend games are missing out on watching their team.
3. Watching a rebroadcast of good game could convince fans to attend future games.
4. Helps attract new fans especially the younger crowd.
5. Since only BGSU games will be aired on BCSN, BG could take away potential fans from UT.
I've talked to coach Cullop last year and even she was dissapointed with UT not allowing the games to be aired and I'm sure coach Kowalczyk feels the same way.
I still wish the teams best of luck since it's not their fault, but shame on the admin staff for this poor decision. Looks like they need to be brought back down to earth and realize they are NOT Duke, UNC, Mich State, Kentucky, Ohio Stage, Michigan, etc....
Looks like I'll be following the Falcons this season on BCSN.
I'm someone who absolutely LOVES betting on sports. But you've got to be very careful when betting on UT...you need to try to find out what side the UT players are on before placing your bet.
Usually the UT players actually have money on their opposition.
And if you didn't have money on the game...I don't know why the hell you'd watch garbage MAC basketball.
Maybe UT is trying to make up for the waste of money spent on taking the entire team to the middle east over the summer. Channel 13 covered it like it was riveting world news.
"The journey was paid for entirely through fundraising efforts by the women’s basketball program over the last two years; no University money is being utilized."
Way to exhibit your ignorance hockeyfan.
So Aquaman, since you must know all the details of the dealings between UT, BG and BCSN (you characterized it as a "REDICULOUS" amount of money), why not share all the numbers so we can make our own decisions? You'll excuse me if I don't just take your word for it.
I could care less who paid for it. But yeah, I'm sure every single cent was "raised" by team fundraising. According to what, the UT site. What did you expect them to say?
$120,000 raised in 2 years? That's a lot of car washes, bake sales, etc. I'd love to hear what type of fundraising brought that kind of money in. If the women's basketball team can raise that kind of money in 2 years, why do any of the sports teams need university money? They should make them all raise their own funds.
Quite honestly, I think the job Mark Beier does on radio far outweighs whatever BCSN can do on TV.
I don't think "car washes" and "bake sales" would cut it. But there is such as thing as grants and benefactors.
Like I said, I don't really care who paid for it. As my original post started, "maybe".
When my husband travels he watches UT on their own site. Perhaps, because they'd rather have people watch their own production, they charge a fee to others who would like to broadcast the exact same thing.
This makes sense to me from a competition standpoint - of course UT would rather have people on their site rather than somewhere else.
Don't most news/media organizations provide some sort of fee for broadcasting such games? If so, why should BCSN be any different?
I'd also wonder if the money charged goes back into the sports program itself. If so, that doesn't seem so much like greed as good financial terms for the University.
So is the fee charged to BCSN more than what they'd charge to others?
I doubt there were any car washes or bake sales involved. Fundraising can also entail something as simple as asking wealthy people or companies for donations.
Oh well UT's loss... UT should feel lucky someone is willing to air any of their games on TV. Actually it should be the other way around, UT should pay BCSN to cover the games. As for Mark Beier, sports radio is dead! He may do a good job but nobody wants to listen to a game on the radio when you can watch it on TV. Personally I think BCSN does a great job when it comes to covering games, the announcers maybe subpar but what do you want from a small market local sports channel? I guarantee they don't make much. I don't watch games for the announcers commentating or opinions, just game play.