Originally Posted by moonhawk
Thanks.. The remaining games will be on National TV, so I'll be able to watch at home. It's a long way to anyone with Comcast, and considering my investment in equipment, it seems kind of a pain to have to do it that way.
My real point is UNM should make more games available to the public. What do they gain like this?
I'm sure it all has to do with the mighty dollar in the end. Even though "The Mtn." reaches far fewer people in UNM's main market of interest, I'm sure they are getting paid more for the broadcast rights then what they were with local broadcasters, or sports coverage syndication companies that used to produce these games for broadcast stations. Like Raycom, who now mostly produce the games for ESPN and others etc..
Up until these small sports nets came up, I would surmise that most of the smaller conferences had better coverage of the larger sports within them, like Football and Basketball. This is similar to how the Big Ten Network came in and took a bunch of the broadcast rights away, and limited the fans ability to see their teams play. But at least on some satellite and cable providers they have multiple Big Ten Net feeds to show all the games that are playing at the same time. I don't think The Mtn. has multiple feeds to show all the teams when they have conflicts. But again, if at least the local broadcasters had some games, then no matter if your over the air, sat, or cable, you could at least see the game. Instead of being limited by the cable companies or sat companies multiple tiers they want to sell you, just so you can get "The Mtn."
Mind you, if you wanted to watch UNM play the entire western conference finals from start to finish, you had to first see them on "The Mtn." for the first round, then on CBS Collage Sports, and finally on Versus. That's three networks that you may or may not have access to depending on the provider and what tier they put those networks on..
It's just way more complicated then it used to be. While everyone is trying to make a buck off of smaller and smaller conferences, in a kind of land grab. Eventually they will have a high school sports netlet, and try and make money off of that. Very sad.