ESPN happy to let BYU-TV do whatever it wants with rebroadcasts

One thing that stood out on BYU’s independence day is the contrast between Comcast, owner of the mtn network that services the MWC and ESPN, which will partner with the Cougars for the next eight years in 2011.

MWC commissioner Craig Thompson made an appearance on a Dallas radio station Tuesday and was asked by the host what concessions BYU asked of the MWC broadcast partners and the contract.

Thompson said BYU requested the rights to rebroadcast BYU sporting events. The request was denied.

On BYU-TV’s True Blue show, hosted by Dave McCann on Tuesday, ESPN vice president of broadcasting told McCann that in BYU’s upcoming partnership BYU-TV could rebroadcast every ESPN game involving BYU basketball and football “as many times as your want.”

In fact, said Brown, “You can have access to any BYU game in the inventory” and use those as many times as the station wants.

“We don’t want to hold anyone back,” said Brown.

Interesting.

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