The Large Ten Convention introduced lately that it’s going to create its personal cable television channel to broadcast much more video games and sports activities nationally.
The convention simply signed a brand new 10-year TV take care of ESPN and ABC that can carry Large Ten soccer, males's and ladies's basketball and volleyball video games beginning in 2007.
The Large Ten Channel will probably be obtainable to satellite tv for pc and cable distributors nationwide and in addition will probably be obtainable via the Web, I-Pods, cell telephones and different applied sciences, the league mentioned.
DirecTV will supply the channel on its Whole Selection bundle, which presently reaches about 15.four million households, in line with the information launch.
"The Large Ten Channel will present our convention the flexibility to strengthen each its model and its long-term future as one of many main educational and athletic conferences within the nation," mentioned Large Ten Commissioner James E. Delany.
The brand new cable channel will carry not solely soccer and basketball, but additionally such sports activities as soccer, tennis, swimming and diving and wrestling – the so-called Olympic sports activities, the convention mentioned.
This might result in others conferences – most notably the Pac-10, Large 12, ACC and SEC following go well with and providing up their very own channels. It makes excellent sense. Now we have a insatiable starvation for sports activities on this nation and with a few of these on the perimeter, like wrestling and volleyball, which have diehard followers it's solely pure that these channels pop up.
The Large Ten Channel and the others who comply with go well with will probably be a win-win for the followers in addition to the conferences and colleges. It is going to deliver enormous quantities of cash to the colleges and permit the viewers to look at occasions they may miss in any other case.
For the soccer fan, the quantity of video games that could be obtainable to look at is like manna from heaven, particularly when the opposite conferences get on board and duplicate the Large Ten. It has already multiplied with the emergence of satellite tv for pc and can develop much more with these particular person retailers.
Relaxation assured the Large Ten is the primary to leap on the cable TV bandwagon, however they positively won’t be the final.