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Blog Publishes Longhorn Network ESPN Contract

The Midnight Yell submitted an Open Records Request in July to acquire the television contract between ESPN and the University of Texas that outlines the content requirements and revenue sharing of the Longhorn Network. It recently received a redacted version of the contract, and helpfully outlined the most interesting and pertinent aspects to the deal. They include:

* The network has to show one live football game per year (This year it will be the first home game of the year against Rice) but both Texas and ESPN have a “mutual desire” to show no less than two live football games a year going forward.

* Texas can’t contribute to any future Big 12 channel.

* And the real kicker, which we reported earlier but without the specific language:. Texas can fire any ESPN commentator on the Longhorn Network who says anything negative about the program. Journalistic integrity, exit stage left.


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T.O. Pitches Sitcom Based on Himself

Terrell Owens can reasonably be described as many things, including: a talented, future Hall of Fame wide receiver with a penchant for throwing his quarterbacks under the bus and destroying team chemistry. But wherever you stand on T.O. — and yes, he has his supporters — you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks he’s funny. Except, naturally enough, for Owens himself, who reportedly pitched a sitcom based on his life to NBC.

“It’s loosely based on my life and my career. I have four kids by three different moms,” Owens. told The Daily. “It will showcase my skills as an actor, which is something I want to do after football.”

In 8 & 1 – a play on T.O.’s number 81 – Owens would play an NFL star named Terrell O’Neal nearing the end of his career who lives with his mother, his best friend, two baby mamas, and four kids.

And where did this hilarious conceit come from? Why, from that knee-slapping 2006 incident in which Owens overdosed while a member of the Cowboys.

“Terrell had an incident when he was in Dallas when he had that accidental overdose and mixed painkillers with supplements,” said Courtney Parker, a former writer for “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” who’s a longtime T.O. pal and the creator of the new show. “The crazier that T.O. would be on the field, the smaller the Terrell we all knew and love became. If you knew him, you’d understand the personality he invented was for football. I thought the tension would be an interesting show.”

It will probably be as interesting as Owens’s reality shows, which no one watched.

ESPN's Jay Bilas Rips NCAA Selection Committee

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas is normally a sourpuss the night of the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show, but he reached a whole new level of pessimism on Sunday night.

“I wonder if some people on the committee know whether the ball is round,” Bilas said on ESPN regarding the selections for the 68-team tournament. “That sounds harsh. But I’m wondering. These were bad decisions. They’re indefensible.”

Until the NCAA expands to a 346-team tournament, you’re going to have schools that were snubbed by the selection committee. This year’s list included Virginia Tech (shocker), Colorado, Boston College, Alabama and St. Mary’s. Read more