AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 3: Commentator Lowell Galindo of the Longhorn Network Game Day talks with former Texas Longhorns basketball players and current NBA stars T. J. Ford (C) of the Indiana Pacers and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder before the Texas Longhorns' NCAA game against the Rice Owls on September 3, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
When the Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos inked deals to play games against the Texas Longhorns it meant a few things: A fat paycheck, a chance to shock the world and of course be on one of the ESPN networks. Well, that is still technically true, but these two games could be on the Longhorn Network which is not widely available. Verizon FiOS is the only nationwide carrier and then there some small regional cable companies in Texas that have the channel.
UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Friday the Longhorns expect to have at least two and possibly three football games broadcast on the Longhorn Network this fall. A third game would be an increase from last year, when his office received widespread complaints about fans' inability to watch two games on LHN.
The most coveted programming UT has is football. Dodds said if two games are on LHN this fall, they would likely be non conference games. A third game probably would be a Big 12 contest, Dodds said.
With Texas' having three non-conference games and the two home games being New Mexico and Wyoming those are the likely games to be shown on LHN with the third game probably will be against the Iowa St. Cyclones
So, unless carriers such as DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast or Time Warner pick it up most fans will be in the dark playing a high profile team as Texas. With the Mountain West television deal not to kind to New Mexico or Wyoming this is just another blow to fans who want to watch these games, and this is all too familiar in the early days of the Mtn.
Hopefully something gets done, because Wyoming has a shot to at least be competitve and maybe even pull off the upset since Wyoming is to contend for the Mountain West title in 2012.
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