This is a really interesting article that was posted on Orangebloods.com (a yahoo/rivals site). Although columnist Chip Brown makes some really interesting points, the biggest and most important to us fans is the development of the Seminole Network (SN) much like the Long Horn Network (LHN), which could definitely be a possibility if The Florida State University we were to move to the little 10 (Big 12).
All around Seminole Nation there has been much debate on whether FSU should leave the ACC for the Big 12. And within all the arguments, for and against switching conference play, I think this is a huge intensive to leave the ACC and continue conference play elsewhere. Now this is only an idea and there is much to discuss on proper business contract/plan development, but if we can accomplish something like what is highlighted on Chip Brown’s article then I am 100% in favor of relocation. (Let us discuss)
The key I believe will in accomplishing something like the columnist states (if true or not it does not matter) which is private financial funding from a large television marketer like ESPN/Disney.
"Texas has pledged $5 million per year from the Longhorn Network back to academics for the first five years of its independent deal with ESPN. And for all the jokes about the Longhorn Network still not receiving wide distribution, that's an ESPN problem, not Texas'. ESPN's checks to the Longhorns are not bouncing."
I am a strong believer that The Florida State has an excellent national product sell. And unlike 98% of college athletic programs our athletic brand is extremely marketable. If you are skeptical about our success as an independent channel like the LHN just think of how much we have accomplished with so little in the athletic budget. Every year we are a top 10 athletic sport university with athletic teams filled to the rim with elite athletes from all other the world; now just think about what we could accomplish if we had the athletic budget of UFlorida.
The Florida State is a national brand and I think it is time to expand like UTexas. We are the sports fan base and we know what we want to watch, let us bring our creative swagger to the national/state media, span our fan base, and take back what is rightfully ours which is the state of Florida. (The Florida State University 1851, the oldest site of continuous higher education of the state of Florida)
For those of you who believe that our athletic fan base cannot accomplish a successful Seminole Network channel - let us discuss marketing within the state of Florida. Because within our fan pay and TN websites we have excellent columnist, sport analyst, marketing agents, and much more.
In all, my hope is that we not only start thinking about conference transfer but rather solidifying the foundation our athletic program among the nation’s elite (which seems to be what the SEC is doing with its member universities) and bring back the domination of the College Football World we had in the 90's for the long term by creating a continuous source of elite funding for our college sports. (Just a thought)
Imagine FSU Sand Volleyball
and FSU Golden girl tryouts
At the SEMINOLE NETWORK
Below is an excerpt from Chip Brown’s article:
The ego stroke Florida State would get launching its own network in the Sunshine State because of its third-tier rights capability in the Big 12 would give the Seminoles something the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes could not match.
COMPETING WITH GATORS: Florida is barred from having its own third-tier rights network in the SEC. Miami doesn't have the audience. If the financial models for a network come back favorable for FSU, the Seminoles could compare a $17 million payout in the ACC to a $19 million annual payout in the Big 12 and probably stack at least $5 million per year on top from its own network.
Suddenly, Florida State would be able to generate TV revenue on par with the Gators, who could earn upwards of $20 million per year once the SEC adjusts its TV deals with Texas A&M and Missouri included. And FSU would have a recruiting tool the Gators couldn't match. And if Texas is any indication, some of the money from an independent network can be paid back to the university for academics.
Texas has pledged $5 million per year from the Longhorn Network back to academics for the first five years of its independent deal with ESPN. And for all the jokes about the Longhorn Network still not receiving wide distribution, that's an ESPN problem, not Texas'. ESPN's checks to the Longhorns are not bouncing.
FSU HAS A PRODUCT TO SELL: In order to launch a TV network, you have to have inventory. You have to have strong football, so you can create a ton of shoulder programming. You have to be relevant in basketball and baseball, a check mark for FSU.
The Olympic and non-revenue sports have to be strong, and FSU can boast that as well as evidenced by its Top 10 finish in the Director's Cup the last two years.
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