Sooner Athletic Director, Joe Castiglione, held a press conference Monday afternoon. Â Castiglione really voiced his opinion over theÂ concernÂ from fans for Oklahoma having their own network, one that rivals the soon-to-be launched, Longhorn Sports Network.
Castiglione said about the possibilty:
We have had a great amount of interest in the prospects of a network here. We are interacting with a variety of different media companies and we know that we will have potentially a different model than the one that people keep hearing about in regards to the one at the University of Texas.
Look, we have to build one that is sustainable for the University of Oklahoma. This isnâ€™t like you can just go out and buy a network. ItÂ isn’tÂ just a commodity. This is a very big undertakingâ€¦ You got to remember, we have had a network for 12 years and we still have a network, this is a different type of network. You might call it a channel. You might be thinking about something that could have more of a 24-hour a day, seven day a week presence, although it might vary for that.
In our case, we are trying to position ourselves to be more available on all the emerging platforms the way the digital revolution is taking place, things we know about right now, as well as though things that from a technological standpoint can still be developed.
We are trying to position ourselves for the next wave. We have a network right now, lets make that abundantly clear. And if you have watched over the last couple of years, more than ever, live events being distributed over the state, whether it is cable or over the airâ€¦We are also trying to look into spaces online, broadband, mobile and other kind of technology that is being developed. So we have a network and we will continue to have a network. We will probably have 30 to 50 live events this coming year, just like last year. They will be online and streaming.
We are looking for the next frontier. We have a frontier spirit in Oklahoma and we have been trying to figure out the right path for us. Iâ€™m really encouraged by the progress. I like the interaction we have had with various media companies and we will find something that is truly sustainable for us. Sustainable is a key word. We want it to be around for a while and that is why we are being very diligent looking at the opportunities. What our profile is, and how we not only reach the people around this region, around this state, even the people around this country and around the world because technology can take us that far.â€
Sooner Vision, the Sooners current ‘network’, has been around for years. The improvements made over the last couple of years have been great. I believe that Oklahoma will find a solution that all fans will appreciate.