(This post may end up sounding kinda rambling. BYU fans, some of you, not all, don't be pricks about this. You escaped, move on, be happy. Every time you pound down the MWC you kinda act like you'd still want to be there. Embrace your independence and the WCC).
EDIT: Added game No. 12 for ROOT/Altitude.
First, let me say that the
But I don't know who was driving this bus and from the reports of Colorado St. and San Diego St., two different pictures were painted. CSU indicates it was allowed to go out and find a partner for the games themselves, striking a deal to place their games on KTVD. San Diego St., from comments their AD made a while back on San Diego radio, indicates that the conference and CBS elected to make the decision to sell SDSU games (and its now clear that UNLV and Fresno St. were included) to Time Warner and from the tone of the conversation, he wasn't thrilled about that decision. You'll notice that the press release announcing the decision to place SDSU games on Time Warner SportsNet was missing comments from the SDSU athletic dept. Something tells me that wasn't an omission. Selling games to an outlet that hasn't, to my knowledge, made a deal with any cable/satellite/telco provider besides the one who owns it is extremely risky. And New Mexico selling theirs to Comcast...I get it but I don't.
But it sounds like the schools in some ways are waiving the white flag when it comes to being seen out of their local area. And that out-of-market fan, who might have switched providers to DirecTV because they were the one who seemed to provide up the channel nationally via a sports pack or the regional fan who might have switched because their provider dragged their feet in picking up the mtn., probably feels they've been given the middle finger, except for the ROOT and Altitude games. And who knows, maybe they'll make the dumb decision to black out games too.
There's conflicting reports about whether video streaming will be available for games. Some schools are doing them for every game they can. Others...we don't know yet or some are only providing them on a limited basis.
Sure, you could argue that the demise of the mtn., warts and all, was a bad thing. The schools lost a regional outlet. They also happened to lose 25% of their rights fee per Craig Thompson at MWC media day. And now CBS still owns all those rights and could sell them and recoup money. The schools? They're getting "exposure dollars". Something MWC fans used to point out with disgust at WAC fans....who now make up several of the MWC schools.
Could also argue that more MWC games will be seen nationally compared to prior seasons. I'll note that you have one more team since '10 (two more teams since last year) and you should see a net increase in national games.
Maybe as a DirecTV sub I'm feeling kinda entitled. DirecTV's had a pretty good track record with sports. Only exception was the Versus dustup a few years ago (sorry, not counting the Viacom thing, I said sports). I'd like to see the Pac-12 Networks, but I guess I'm not feeling as angry about that one. I do have a choice there as I could switch to Time Warner. I don't have that choice with MW sports.