It seems an inescapable topic, the Big Ten Network.
No matter how much I would like to move on and focus completely on the upcoming football season, the battle between the Big Ten Network and cable companies throughout the Big Ten region is staring me right between the eyes.
As I have said on the HawkeyeNation.com message boards and on my 1460
KXNO radio program, I want the Big Ten Network, personally. I am a fan of the league, and there will
The only thing yet to be determined is how I get it; either through Mediacom, which I currently subscribe to, or through DirectTV, if the cable company cannot come to terms with the BTN.
As a review, in case you have been living under a rock, or you live out of state, the BTN is demanding that its network be carried on the basic cable tier and they want $1.10 per subscriber as a fee to carry their programming, if you are cable provider in the eight state Big Ten ‘footprint'.
Mediacom, along with cable giants Comcast and Time Warner, don't want the network on their basic cable tier. Mediacom has said that it would gladly offer it on its digital cable service, which means those that want the channel would have to be digital cable subscribers, which means renting a digital cable box, which also means purchasing that tier of programming, in addition to having to pay for the sports package.
Where ever you fall on this issue, one thing is clear; both sides are in business to make as much money as they can, so I don't see anyone being at ‘fault' here. It's up to you, the consumer, to do what you want/need to do with regards to what sort of television programming you want coming into your home.
If Mediacom and the BTN come to some agreement, I will keep my Mediacom subscription. If they don't, and the only way I will be able to get the BTN is through DirectTV, I already have the phone number at the ready.
But I do not think there is a
‘bad guy' in any of this. If
you have had less than exemplary experiences with either party, I respect
that. But make no mistake, both
sides want to turn a profit, and I see nothing wrong with that. This is
Turning to another direction….
The Jordan Bernstine or Jordan Morris story is not closed. Marty Tirrell and Ken Miller announced on their Tuesday radio program on KXNO that they had spoken with a Des Moines Police Department representative and were informed that Jordan Morris was a part of an open and ongoing investigation related to an incident from two weeks ago where his brother and mother were hit by automobiles. There were also other parties that were badly beaten and hospitalized.
Jordan Berstine and Jordan Morris are the same person.
As of right now, no charges have been filed against
And being part of an open investigation does not make one guilty of anything. If you are a witness to a hit and run accident, and you file a report related to what you saw and the investigation was ongoing, you would be considered part of an open and ongoing investigation, too. That's just one example, and yes, it might be Pollyannaish in its nature.
My stance on this is that I am going to sit back and learn what I can, and I will comment on it once more facts are known. Right now, there are no facts in the public domain that are worthy of discussion, so that's where I stand.
Cedar Rapids Linn-Mar standout Grant Gibbs is leaving the state of
I have read several message board posts where some
The fact of the matter is that
So patience is the word on the basketball front…and it might take a couple of years before we can even begin to think about evaluating the Lickliter era…
The Countdown is on: July
31st is the start of the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon…August