Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne expressed his skepticism about the Longhorn Network, which is an ESPN television network devoted to Texas athletics.
“I think there’s too many other kinds of markets in Texas,” he said. “Comcast signed off (to distribute) every single ESPN product except the Longhorn Network. That says something. I think it takes more than one football game to drive a network.”
Byrne also indicated that he believes the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M’s new home beginning this summer, will create a television network of its own.
“They’ve added about 35 million people to their footprint (with Texas A&M and Missouri), and we’re a pretty popular commodity in this state,” he said. “I suspect there should be enough of a footprint to do it. There’s certainly nobody better at this than Mike Slive. If that’s the right thing, he will do it.”