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Mountain West’s cable channel shutting down after six years

The Mtn

Okay, technically it’s called “The Mtn” — abbreviated for “The Mountain” — but saying “The Mtn” was shutting down somehow made me think Mountain Dew was going to stop production or something and I panicked.

Anyway, the Mountain West’s cable channel is shutting down after six years and will go dark on May 31, the Sports Business Daily reports. The channel’s employees were reportedly notified today and CBS Sports could wind up with the media rights for basketball and football. The Mtn is currently under split ownership by CBS Sports Network and Comcast Sports Network.

The Idaho Statesman also has a good write-up on what that means for MWC teams in 2012.

The move to shut down the network isn’t all that surprising given the uncertainty surrounding the future of the MWC. The MWC and Conference USA have worked together for several months to try to achieve some level of security in times of realignment. Merging the conferences and keeping them separate are still options at this time. Also no shocker is the fact that the two conferences will go the route that produces the highest TV deal.

A decision on the future of C-USA and the MWC was reported to be made some time this month.

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3 Responses to “Mountain West’s cable channel shutting down after six years”
  1. 513guy says: Apr 6, 2012 2:10 AM

    Oh the horror!!! Whatever will college athletics due without the very prestigious and relevant Mountain West cable channel? And you thought conference realignment was a problem…

  2. gopokes0714 says: Apr 6, 2012 5:54 AM

    I will be surprised if the Long Horn Network lasts 6 years. With hundreds of channels to watch there has to be something better on than track & field highlights.

  3. Pac12Ute says: Apr 6, 2012 3:00 PM

    The Mtn was the worst conceived idea by the MWC aside from not expanding 2 years earlier. Teaming up with Comcast, who tried to force too high of a premium and limited the rights and revenue to the satellite companies, only made the network fail at a faster rate. The poor camera crew footage that appeared to be an attempt at pulling together local high school audio/visual clubs to due to budget constraints. All in all, MWC fans were made to suffer for 6 years and hopefully will now get a little reprieve from stupidity.

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