I have nothing nice to say about Jim Delaney or the Big Ten Network.

I didn’t get a chance to watch the OSU-YSU season opener, since I didn’t have the cash to go to the bar and if I go a bar, I want to drink. However I did listen to the game on the radio. It wasn’t that bad, but when it comes down to it, I want to see it on TV.

Thanks, BTN and Jim Delaney, for screwing people. I appreciate it.

Here’s the issue that BTN is having with Time Warner and WOW: BTN wants to charge subscribers $1.10 to put it on the basic cable programming. The cable companies say that is more than what the more established networks get and will not cave in.

Thankfully, TW and WOW are fighting this blackmail attempt. In the end, predict that the Big Ten Network will win because they will call the bluff of TW and WOW by placing more and more premier games on the BTN and will increase the pressure for the companies to do this. If you purchased a Sunday paper, the BTN is already blaming the cable companies, so get ready.

The BTN is an unfortunate money grab that is the beginning of the acceleration of turning college sports into a corporate business. All this headache for a network that most folks here will watch for 3-4 months out of the year for college football and men’s hoops. Who cares about most of the other sports? Not me and certainly not most Big Ten fans.


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