Friday, January 21, 2011

Longhorn Sports Network-Part II

As just a quick followup to yesterday's post about the Longhorn Sports Network, Berry Tramel of the Daily Oklahoman made an interesting point. Tramel's article (which you can read in its entirety here) discussed the issue in terms of whether it would be good or bad for one of the Longhorns' main rivals, the University of Oklahoma.

According to Tramel:

"From a sports standpoint, the journalism school would hit the nirvana. I’m sure Texas has the same kind of stuff going on as OU does; student-run sportscasts and sports-themed television shows. Instead of cable access, they could run on the Longhorn Network (or Sooner Network).

Are you kidding me? That would be fantastic experience and platforms for those students, and while the quality wouldn’t be ESPN-caliber or even your local sportscast, it wouldn’t be the worst thing on television."

I absolutely agree, but there is a catch. Many student-run media outlets are just that--student-run with little or no direction from faculty. For example, I know the Student Media Center at Ole Miss is almost totally hands-off, and students are allowed to develop, create and produce their own content. If the Longhorn Sports Network would want any kind of input or control into what the students are reporting, there could be some problems.

But it's still an idea worth pursuing.


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