ON the Sunbelt board, there is speculation that the Big Sky Conference will add both Northern Colorado and Denver, so there will be ten basketball and nine football members. Apparently, the promise of these Colorado teams in the Big Sky has been instrumental in getting the Big Sky Conference a TV deal with a new sports network in Colorado.
According to one guy on the Sun Belt board. ::) Even the guys on his board think he is a little off on this issue.
The Big Sky signed an agreement with Altitude on June the 3rd. Here is the press release form the Big Sky web site:
June 3, 2004
Altitude Sports & Entertainment and Big Sky Conference Reach Multi-Year Telecast Agreement
Altitude-Big Sky Sign Telecast Agreement
Altitude Sports & Entertainment (Altitude) -- Kroenke Sports Enterprises; regional sports network -- and the Big Sky Conference, today announced a multi-year telecast agreement to present live Big Sky Conference athletic events on Altitude. Jim Martin, CEO of Altitude, and Douglas Fullerton, Big Sky Conference Commissioner, made the announcement.
Under the agreement, Altitude will televise annually up to 12 Big Sky events beginning in the 2004-05 academic year, including men's football and basketball matchups, as well as the women's basketball tournament final and other men's and women's contests.
I am not sure that 12 TV games is enough to sway who the next member of the Big Sky is going to be.
I have heard a lot of talk about how adding the University of Denver will "capture" the Denver market. Not sure how a team that drew 1,569 (avg.) fans, last year, for Men's Basketball "captures" the Denver Market. That number of fans wouldn't even put them in the top 30 of D-II. It would however make the a strong #5 in D-III.
Lets face it, this is a pretty far fetched rumor started by one guy on the Sun Belt board. Denver doesnt have a football team, doesn't have track, doesn't have Cross Country (all offered and played by Big Sky Members). They do have Hockey, Lacrosse, Skiing, and Men's soccer (none of which the Big Sky offers). I don't see it, I could be wrong, but I don't think so.