Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I don't think I've ever witnessed such a great idea at the time become such a complete mess just as quickly as the Big Ten Network has. BTN and most notably Comcast have been in a standoff even before the network was launched, and while they've come close to a deal it's the BTN that has held steadfast to their demands. Now Big Ten Coaches who once supported the network are speaking out on the channel....
"I think it has been a PR nightmare," Izzo said Monday. "And, I think it has hurt all of us. We have so many things right now that we're trying to fight ... and then we throw this at them," Izzo said. "I make more calls than I ever have this year to people that write me, really upset about it. ... It bothers me."Well shit....couldn't they have just listened to every Sports fan in America the first few months of the Football season and figured this out? Why the hell does it take the league's most prominent Basketball coach to change things???
"Five years from now, if cable companies pick it up does it end up better than it was and we're just going through a bad time?" he asked. "I just don't like the bad time being on my dime."
The Big Ten Network and Comcast tried to be upbeat Tuesday in their responses to Izzo's comments.
"We clearly know it's been a difficult situation for fans and we are working very hard to reach agreements with other cable companies so that they can have access to the network," said Elizabeth Conlisk, Big Ten Network vice president of communications. "Coach Izzo has been enormously supportive of the network. For him to express his frustration, it only makes us say we're not happy with the situation, either."
It's one thing to want to make something of a new network and actually succeed, but the Big Ten Network is now the model of how NOT to do things.
Izzo on Big Ten Network: a 'PR nightmare' (Sporting News)
Izzo: Big Ten Network is 'PR nightmare' (The Detroit News)