The Prosecution's Case: This is a slam dunk. ESPN's backing of the "Longhorn Network" began the latest round of conference realignment that quickly developed into a tsunami. Quite simply, the Big 12 is in the midst of breaking apart due to the fact that Texas alienated their conference mates via ESPN. Nebraska and Colorado quickly realized what was going on and bailed last year. The Big East dominoes fell this weekend. The enabling of Texas by ESPN single-handily set this into motion and as as result, killed the Big East.
The Defense's Case: How can a network that was instrumental in the building of the Big East in the '80s through its college basketball coverage be seriously considered as a suspect here? If you're arguing that the Longhorn Network killed the Big East, then put the University of Texas on trial, not ESPN.
ESPN has been a long-supporter of the Big East between Big Monday, Big East Tournament Coverage, and a more than fair football television contract.
The Verdict: We'll let you weigh in.
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