University of Nebraska: More than Football

| June 13, 2010 | 2 Comments

nebraska-net-tvOne of the dominant football programs in the country will be joining the Big Ten Conference, but that’s not exactly why I’m excited about this move. Nebraska also has one of the prominent statewide public television and radio programs in the country, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) covering the Cornhusker state with news, information and entertainment. Their General Manager is Rod Bates, a national leader in public broadcasting and also a great colleague. The emails have been flying all weekend welcoming Rod to the family of Big Ten public broadcast organizations. Most of his colleagues in the Big Ten believe he owes us a free trip to Lincoln to watch our teams play the Cornhuskers (it has been 54 years since Ohio State played Nebraska).

What I’m constantly impressed about with NET is the amount local documentaries and other productions they handle in serving the entire state. By the way, catch how NET (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications) is covering this huge news in their state with radio reports from Lincoln on the change. Welcome to the Big Ten, Huskers (and don’t ask why its still the “Big Ten”)!

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  • Jethro

    This is interesting. I forgot how much money the remaining schools could make from the penatly fees. The remaining 5 schools could try to broker a football alliance with the Big East but remain the Big 12 in name.
    Officials from five Big 12 schools — Kansas, Missouri, Kansas State, Iowa State and Baylor — held a conference call on Saturday, The Kansas City Star reported. The schools agreed they would like to continue as members of the Big 12.
    The five potential teams that could be left in the Big 12 if the exodus of five others continues to the Pac-10 would be wise to remain together, a conference commissioner with experience dealing with expansion told’s Andy Katz.
    The reason is simple: The five remaining schools would be due a huge payday and ultimately could salvage automatic berths to the NCAA tournament and possibly the BCS through expansion themselves.
    The commissioner, who didn’t want to be identified because he’s involved in the ongoing realignment of college athletics, told Katz it would be critical for Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Baylor and Iowa State to maintain the Big 12 as an entity or corporation.
    “The assets, the amount of money that they would be due by exit fees back to the corporation would be huge,” said the commissioner. “Rather than dissolve the Big 12, they are better off as a Big 12 entity then moving to the Mountain West.”
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  • Bettyann

    Well played Texas, well played, All this hype for nothing and you get everything you want.