Texas Tech came close to canceling their Sept. 8, 2012 game at Texas State because the game could have been picked up by the Longhorn Network, RedRaiderSports.com has reported.
The game was slated to be picked up by one of the ESPN networks, but the exact channel hasn’t been announced yet. A source told RRS that Texas Tech is “adamantly opposed to playing on the Longhorn Network” and is “putting serious consideration into canceling the game and playing an 11 game schedule.”
As a rival of Texas, the Red Raiders naturally don’t want anything to do with the Longhorn Network. Neither did Missouri and Texas A&M, and that’s a big reason why they both moved to the SEC.
The Longhorn Network created instability in the Big 12 when it was started and it’s still stepping on toes today.
On the flip side, Texas State is the home team and has the final say in television rights for this game. Tech should honor the game contract, especially since they are the highlight of Texas State’s 2012 home schedule.
They may not have to though, as Chip Brown reported this morning that ESPN is backing off of televising this game on LHN:
I was just told LHN/ESPN will not pursue the Texas State-Texas Tech fball game that had raised blood pressure of #TTech officials.
— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) June 22, 2012