VERSUS Gets deal to air Pac-10/Big 12 Football

Discussion in 'Fugu's Business of Hockey Forum' started by Stevedude530, Jun 7, 2007.

View Users: View Users
  1. Stevedude530

    Stevedude530 Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,941
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/networktv/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003595322

    FSN has reached an agreement to sublicense up to 10 college football games to Versus. Under the multi-year deal, Versus will get to televise games from the Pac-10 and Big 12 conferences, including teams like USC, UCLA and California.

    For those curious, this is basically the TBS deal that the Pac-10 and Big 12 had last year, so a nice pickup for VERSUS.
     
  2. LadyStanley

    LadyStanley RIP Fugu

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2004
    Messages:
    74,340
    Likes Received:
    2,672
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Sin City
    :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

    The institution of higher learning that we in the Bay Area call "Cal" is a shortened from of the University of California at Berkley (much to the chagrin of the rest of the "UC" system including UCLA, UCSF, UCSC, UCSB, UCSD, etc.)

    The Pac-10 includes: USC (private), UCLA, Berkley, Stanford (private), Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State

    And the Big-12 includes many schools in the mid-west.
     
  3. The team that we stomped last year in the season opener is what I call them. They should've tried to get some SEC games. Nothing like a stadium in Tennessee with 107,000 screaming fans every Saturday.

    But I digress, I'd say Versus will get more money from this than the NHL.
     
  4. Egil

    Egil Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2002
    Messages:
    8,838
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    129
    Home Page:
    Why does Versus not have a highlight show ala Sportscenter?
     
  5. X0ssbar

    X0ssbar Guest

    This is a very nice pickup for Versus. Another building block and another sign these guys are in this for the long haul. Hopefully they get to televise some games from the marquee schools from these leagues.

    Sat., Sep. 15 Iowa at Iowa State JT VERSUS <-- decent start.
     
  6. Sotnos

    Sotnos Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2002
    Messages:
    10,887
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Not here
    Home Page:
    They couldn't afford the SEC. ;)

    Maybe, but the bigger VS gets, the better it is for the NHL.
     
  7. LadyStanley

    LadyStanley RIP Fugu

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2004
    Messages:
    74,340
    Likes Received:
    2,672
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Sin City
    FSN has their 30 minute nightly summary "Final Score". My local Comcast Sports Net has a morning 30 minute summary "Sports Rise".


    Perhaps its a matter of having the "news" team to prepare the information to broadcast, the talking head(s) to present it, and perhaps most importantly the sponsors.
     
  8. Stevedude530

    Stevedude530 Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,941
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    They don't quite have enough of a vested interest in enough "highlight-worthy" sports yet. If they maybe get another Big 4 league to air some games, maybe then.
     
  9. TheDanceOfMaternity

    TheDanceOfMaternity Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2006
    Messages:
    6,726
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    101
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    Yeah, the SF chronicle was reeeeeeal happy about that today :shakehead:

    Although, it was funny when the guy wrote that you could add Stanford football highlights to the show "Holy ****"
     
  10. GKJ

    GKJ Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    140,663
    Likes Received:
    2,552
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Excellent! Pac 10 football is among the best in College Football.
     
  11. If USC is playing :shakehead
     
  12. LGP8771

    LGP8771 Registered User

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2007
    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Because they're ******ed. Same reason they didn't push for Buccigross to come over and do NHL2night under a different name.

    They suck.

    But on the subject of college football... Maybe this is good. As long as they don't put it ahead of hockey and maybe start giving hockey some better coverage.

    I will give Versus some credit though. At least they launched Versus HD this year (even if they have to share with Golf Channel), and the graphics on the screen with Versus (especially the ones on top of the screen during gameplay), are pretty good. When the games are on, it looks like a legitimate sports network. When they were OLN even that was pathetic.
     
  13. PaulKariya

    PaulKariya Registered User

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    48
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    What we as fans don't realize is that Versus is going to gain more and more viewers and will eventually go on basic cable along with ESPN. The only problem with this is that we have to play the waiting game until then, and will have to take more and more crap from the other big 4 sports. I think eventually Bettman did the right thing in moving from ESPN, its almost turned into an MTV.
     
  14. GKJ

    GKJ Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    140,663
    Likes Received:
    2,552
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Why does VS even need their own HD Channel? The only things they would need it for is hockey and college football, most of which is played when golf isn't really in their full swing.


    If they got something else such as baseball, it would be different.
     
  15. Big McLargehuge

    Big McLargehuge Registered User

    Joined:
    May 9, 2002
    Messages:
    68,880
    Likes Received:
    1,149
    Trophy Points:
    215
    Location:
    S. Pasadena, CA
    Good for them. I adore the Mountain West Conference (the only one they have exclusive national rights to, if I'm not mistaken) but the Pac-10 and Big 12 are much bigger names.

    Though I'll take Colorado State/Wyoming over Texas/Oklahoma any day of the week. Mind you, I'm insane.
     
  16. Sotnos

    Sotnos Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2002
    Messages:
    10,887
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Not here
    Home Page:
    Not sure where else to put this, but VS just moved from 74 to 26 (next to ESPN) on the biggest cable provider in the Tampa area. Anyone else notice anything similar?
     
  17. Hasbro

    Hasbro Can He Skate?! Sponsor

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2004
    Messages:
    42,441
    Likes Received:
    2,937
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Drone
    Location:
    South Rectangle
    Not really Mountain West (the REAL WAC) is some good football.
     
  18. Stevedude530

    Stevedude530 Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,941
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Their schedule of MWC games this season is much more diverse than just TCU every week too.

    Here's their college football schedule so far.

    9/1 2:00 PM Virginia vs. Wyoming
    9/1 5:30 PM Arizona vs. BYU
    9/8 10:00 PM Wisconson vs. UNLV
    9/15 1:30 PM Iowa vs. Iowa State
    9/15 5:00 PM UCLA vs. Utah
    9/29 10:00 PM Cincinatti vs. San Diego St.
    10/18 8:00 PM Utah vs. TCU
    10/25 9:00 PM Air Force vs. New Mexico
    11/8 9:00 PM TCU vs. BYU
     
  19. WVP

    WVP Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,399
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    84
    That's nice. I am so tired of the "You can't even find hockey on TV joke." I mean, if you can't find a channel in the age of the internet and digital programming guides, then give up. You don't deserve a television.

    I hope Versus does well, not only for hockey, but to knock ESPN down a few notches a provide actual sports programming.
     
  20. Stevedude530

    Stevedude530 Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,941
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Even if it's not near ESPN normally, it's probably near it in the HD lineup. ESPN and ESPN 2 HD are 202 & 203 in my area, while VERSUS is 206 & 207.
     
  21. WVP

    WVP Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,399
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    84
    Yeah, it's 252, 253 and 255 where I live.
     
  22. Big McLargehuge

    Big McLargehuge Registered User

    Joined:
    May 9, 2002
    Messages:
    68,880
    Likes Received:
    1,149
    Trophy Points:
    215
    Location:
    S. Pasadena, CA
    Not a single Colorado State game? Sigh. I used to get to watch 4 or 5 of their games a year on ESPN because they always played with such a weird schedule (the kings of thursday night games). No one else in the conference was ever televised though. Now it's the opposite.
     
  23. X0ssbar

    X0ssbar Guest

    Here in Columbus VS. HD channel is also right in the same range as ESPN and ESPN2 HD:

    ESPN 785
    ESPN2 786
    VS. HD 754

    Considering we only get about 13 channels in HD they are all basically right next to other. Comcast is smart to launch and position their HD channel quickly as possible as that is where the future lies.
     
  24. Chileiceman

    Chileiceman Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2004
    Messages:
    9,501
    Likes Received:
    92
    Trophy Points:
    101
    Location:
    Toronto
    I agree with you. But I'm a Wyoming fan.
    But the funny thing is that in Wyoming VS is on very few basic cable packages.
     
  25. Snap Wilson

    Snap Wilson Registered User

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2003
    Messages:
    5,838
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    We'll see how that goes this year.

    Great pickup for Versus. Looking forward to seeing more of my team's games.
     

Share This Page

monitoring_string = "358c248ada348a047a4b9bb27a146148"