MountainWest Sports Network

MountainWest Sports Network, informally known as the mtn. (pronounced as the mountain), was an American regional sports network dedicated to the Mountain West Conference. It launched on September 1, 2006.

CBS Corporation, the network's primary owner, shut down all television production on May 31, 2012.[1]

MountainWest Sports Network
Mtn-Logo
MountainWest Sports Network
The Mtn.
LaunchedSeptember 1, 2006
ClosedJune 1, 2012
Owned byMountain West Conference (30%)
Comcast Corporation (30%)
CBS Corporation (40%)
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersColorado Springs, Colorado
Websitethemtn.tv
(former; now dead link)

History

The Mtn. premiered on September 1, 2006 as the first network dedicated to a college athletic conference – the Division I Mountain West Conference (MWC). The Mtn. annually produced and aired more than 170 collegiate sporting events, including football, basketball, Olympic sports, and conference championship coverage. The Mtn.’s expanded coverage included news programming, coaches’ shows, pre and post game analysis and feature programming about MWC athletics. The Mtn. was owned by the conference, Comcast, and CBS Corporation. Despite CBS owning the largest stake, Comcast handled much of its operation.

Closure

On April 5, 2012 it was announced that the Mtn. would cease operations on June 1, 2012.[2] With the Mtn.'s closure, the Mountain West had not announced formal broadcast plans for 2012–2013, though a Colorado Springs Gazette report suggested that some MWC games might be picked up by CBS Sports Network and/or NBC Sports Network, or offered to a third party such as ESPN.[3] Eventually all three networks picked up some MWC games while Root Sports Rocky Mountain picked up a cable package of games. Additional games were shown on Comcast, Time Warner, and Charter Cable Networks or on third tier local stations.

By 2016, Campus Insiders (now a component of Stadium) had relaunched the similarly named "Mountain West Network" online as a subscription service.

Programming

Live events

The network covered over 800 live sporting events in its first four years of operation. Details of football and basketball telecasts are listed in the events section below. Also on the schedule are current and former Olympic sports like baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, and track and field. The Mtn. aired pregame and post game shows from its suburban Denver, Colo. studios in support of most of the network's live event coverage, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball and softball. Halftime shows took place for all football and men's and women's basketball game telecasts.

Studio shows

  • All-22 - Each week, the MWC football coaches traded game video via web-based technology called DragonFly. The Mtn. had received access to this content, which provided a bird's-eye-view of the field of play, enabling the studio analysts to dissect team strategies, performances and keys to success.
  • Around the Mountain - Brought together some of the best sportswriters and bloggers from across the Mountain West region for an entertaining discussion and debate about the latest developments and trends across the Conference and beyond.
  • It's a Numbers Game - Fantasy football players and stats enthusiasts alike will enjoy It’s a Numbers Game as host Scott Sarra takes viewers past the highlights and deep into the trends and box scores.
  • Mountain Sports Report - Mountain Sports Report, presented by Dodge debuted Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. This 30-minute news program airs live Tuesday through Friday at 5:30 p.m. MT and on Saturdays at 10 p.m. MT or after the final game scheduled that evening. The program replays several times each evening, schedule permitting. Mountain Sports Report, presented by Dodge features scores and highlights plus provides previews and feature stories from across the Mountain West Conference. Network anchors Marius Payton and Bill Doleman along with Natalie Vickers host the program.
  • Mountain West Football Saturday - Airs at 11 a.m. MT every Saturday throughout the football season beginning in August with one full hour of features, stories and previews of the upcoming games of the day. Expert analysis along with in-depth reporting and compelling storylines break down the key match-ups and prepare viewers for all the upcoming action. Marius Payton and Bill Doleman host, with expert analysis provided on a rotating basis by Joe Glenn, Jay Leeuwenburg, Kelly Stouffer and Ted Sundquist.
  • Season and championship preview and reviews shows for all Mountain West Conference sanctioned sports air throughout the year.

Former shows

The Mountain View (final show 9/3/10), The Mountain Cap, Mountain Peak Performances (final show 9/1/10) and On Campus Cam have been canceled. On Campus Cam, which featured a panel of students from different institutions across the Mountain West Conference, was rolled into Around the Mountain, presented by Jeep roughly once per month.

Documentaries/reality shows

  • A Day in the Life - Gave viewers the opportunity to look into the daily lives of student-athletes and other personalities from Conference institutions.
  • A Conversation with... - Combines interviews with participatory journalism with one-on-one interviews with prominent individuals from across the Mountain West Conference.
  • Legends - Profiles of former MWC players and coaches. Debuted August 27, the day of its DirecTV debut, with Lavell Edwards. Other "Legends" have included Jerry Tarkanian, Amy Van Dyken and Chad Hennings.
  • Rivalries - Looks at each Mountain West Conference institution's biggest rival from an athletic and casual fan's point of view across multiple sports.
  • Season Pass - The Mtn. presents an insider's look into the Colorado State men's basketball team and the UNLV women's basketball squad in 2011 with these two new original programs: Season Pass: Colorado State Men’s Basketball and Season Pass: UNLV Women’s Basketball. Both shows are a continuation under a more appropriate title of The Mtn.’s successful original program, Reaching the Peak, which in past seasons has featured the TCU baseball team, Colorado State men’s basketball and football teams, and the Wyoming football team. Each show provides viewers an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into athletic programs across the Mountain West Conference that delves into the lives of the student-athletes. Season Pass will follow both programs from the first days of practice through the 2011 Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball Championships. Unique elements from the prior seasons will return in Season Pass: Colorado State Men’s Basketball, including Miles a Minute, Player Profiles (“The Roster”) and The Rams’ Glossary. Player Profiles and the Lady Rebels Glossary will apply to Season Pass: UNLV Women’s Basketball. Both shows will incorporate a player version of Coach ‘em Up called This Is My Game, which features different players demonstrating a how-to on various on-court techniques. Additional web-only segments will be available throughout the season exclusively at www.themtn.tv.

Notable current on–air staff

Awards

The Mtn. received 28 Emmy Award nominations and won five times. The network has also garnered three Promax/BDA nominations and won two Promax Awards. In 2009, The Mtn. was a finalist in the Live Game or Live Event for Corporate Entities category at the SVG/NATAS Global Media Awards for College Sports.

Distribution

The Mtn. was available nationally on DirecTV and regionally on several small cable providers.

Distribution controversy

On June 1, 2007, the presidents of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, unsatisfied with the current distribution, issued a joint press release that they "retained a sports broadcasting attorney to explore all possible options in improving the distribution of athletic broadcasts to their fans".[4]

On June 5, 2007 the MWC Board "reaffirmed its unanimous support of the league's television model and its commitment to working collectively as a unified group", and its Directors unanimously voted to join BYU and Utah to retain the attorney they had hired.[5]

In an interview with KUTV, President Michael K. Young of Utah stated that "Every [MWC member] knows...President Samuelson and I have been clear about this for the last year and a half that it is absolutely essential that we get on satellite to make our games available to our fans. Anything short of that is unacceptable." He then added that "We are passionately committed to our having our football games being on TV this year."[6]

MWC institutions

MWC+3-1 USA states

Events covered

  • 30 live football games, all presented in HD
  • 70 men's basketball games
  • 26 women's basketball games
  • Over 40 "Olympic" events, inclusive of baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer
  • Coverage of other "Olympic" sports events, showcasing tennis, golf, gymnastics, track and field and swimming and diving
  • Over 170 live events in total
  • Conoco Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament 8/9 seed game and quarterfinals
  • Conoco Mountain West Conference women's basketball tournament second round and semifinals
  • Conoco Mountain West Conference Baseball Championship

Root Sports Southwest

Some programming on newly formed Root Sports Houston will feature The Mountain West Conference

See also

References

Information on specific programs comes from the half-hour special This is the Mtn., which aired in conjunction with the DirecTV launch. See also:

  1. ^ Dennis Dodd (21 December 2012). "Mountain West restructures deal with CBS". CBS Sports. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  2. ^ Saunders, Dusty (28 May 2012). "Dusty Saunders: The Mtn. network signs off for good Thursday night". The Denver Post. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Mountain West TV Network will be discontinued". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  4. ^ "BYU and Utah hire attorney regarding the .mtn debacle". byu.edu. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  5. ^ "MWC Board address TV distribution". themwc.cstv.com. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  6. ^ "Utes & Cougars VS The Mountain". kutv.com. Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
2007 BYU Cougars football team

The 2007 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University (BYU) in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. BYU clinched its second consecutive Mountain West Conference (MWC) championship title outright after defeating Utah on November 24. It was BYU's second consecutive, undefeated season in the MWC, its fourth MWC championship since the league began in 1999, and its 23rd conference title. At the beginning of the season the Cougars had won an MWC record 16 straight league games dating back to 2005 and were on a ten-game overall winning streak, the longest winning streak in the country at the time. The Cougars began the season with the second longest winning streak in the country at 11 wins until their loss to UCLA in the second regular season game. The Cougars ended this season ranked 14th in the nation, highest of all schools from non-AQ conferences. This finish was the highest back-to-back rankings in the AP Poll since the Cougars won the national championship in 1984.

The Cougars improved their bowl record for the second year in a row. They defeated UCLA 17-16 in 2007 and blew out the Oregon Ducks 38–8 in 2006 in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Cougars played their home games at LaVell Edwards Stadium, named after its legendary coach, LaVell Edwards.

2007 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2007 Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament was played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 8–10, 2007. Tournament host UNLV upset regular season league champion BYU 78–70 to claim the Mountain West Conference Tournament title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was UNLV's first tournament title since winning the inaugural tournament in 2000 (though they had previously lost 3 consecutive championship games from 2002–2004).

2007 marked the return of the tournament to the Thomas & Mack Center after a three-year stint in Denver.

2008 BYU Cougars football team

The 2008 BYU Cougars football team represented Brigham Young University in the 2008 college football season.

Prior to the 2008 season, BYU had won consecutive Mountain West Conference (MWC) championship titles without losing a conference game. It had also finished with an 11-2 overall record for consecutive seasons. The Cougars have won four MWC championships since the league began in 1999 (Co-Champions with CSU and Utah in 1999, and sole Champions in 2001, 2006 and 2007), and 23 conference titles overall. BYU ended last season ranked 14th in the nation in the major polls, one of its best finishes in the last two decades.

BYU was selected to win the MWC according to the conference's annual media poll.The Cougars made their fourth consecutive post-season appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, losing to the Arizona Wildcats Football 31-21. BYU beat the Oregon Ducks in 2006 and the UCLA Bruins in 2007. BYU lost to the California Golden Bears in the 2005 game.

BYU played its home games at LaVell Edwards Stadium, named after its former coach, LaVell Edwards.

2008 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2008 Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament was played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 12–15, 2008. The tournament was sponsored by Phillips 66 and all first round, quarterfinal, and semifinal games were broadcast live on the MountainWest Sports Network and CBS College Sports Network, while the championship game was broadcast on Versus.For the second straight year, tournament host UNLV defeated regular season league champion BYU 76–61 to win the Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship and earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

2009 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2009 Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament was played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 11–14, 2009. The tournament was sponsored by Conoco. The quarterfinal was broadcast live on the MountainWest Sports Network, the semifinal games on CBS College Sports Network, and the championship game on Versus. All games were available in HD.

Second-seeded Utah, one of three teams that shared the regular season conference title, defeated San Diego State 52–50 to claim the Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Of note, this was the first time that UNLV failed to make the championship game of the tournament when they were hosting. The Rebels did not play in the 2001 tournament due to a postseason ban.

2010 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2010 Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament was played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 10–13, 2010. The tournament is sponsored by Conoco. The first-round game and all four quarterfinals were broadcast live on the MountainWest Sports Network. The semifinals was broadcast on CBS College Sports Network, and the championship game on Versus. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.San Diego State, the fourth seed, defeated University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the third seed, to claim the 2010 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament championship.

2010–11 Mountain West Conference men's basketball season

The 2010–11 Mountain West Conference men's basketball season was the 12th season of Mountain West Conference basketball. This was the final season for the two Utah schools in the conference. BYU became a member of the West Coast Conference in most sports, including basketball, while its football program became independent. Utah joined the Pacific-10 Conference, which changed its name to the Pac-12 with Colorado also joining from the Big 12 Conference. The Mountain West welcomed new members as well, with Boise State joining in 2011 and Fresno State and Nevada following in 2012. The Brigham Young University Cougars and San Diego State men's basketall teams ended the regular season as co-champions. San Diego State earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by defeating BYU in the conference tournament. BYU and UNLV secured at-large bids into the tournament. Both BYU and SDSU reached the Sweet Sixteen round but were also eliminated inthat round.

2011 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2011 Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament was played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 8–12, 2011. The tournament is sponsored by Conoco. The first round game and all four quarterfinals were televised live on the MountainWest Sports Network. The semifinals were televised on CBS College Sports Network, with the championship game on Versus. San Diego State, the winner of the tournament, received the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. BYU's Jimmer Fredette was selected as the tournament MVP.

Big Ten Network

The Big Ten Network (BTN) is an American sports network based in Chicago, Illinois. The channel is dedicated to coverage of collegiate sports sanctioned by the Big Ten Conference, including live and recorded event telecasts, news, analysis programs, and other content focusing on the conference's member schools. It is a joint venture between Fox Sports and the Big Ten, with Fox Corporation as 51% stakeholder and operating partner, and the Big Ten Conference owning a 49% stake. It is headquartered in the former Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog House building at 600 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago.Big Ten Network is carried by most major television providers and as of 2014, had an estimated 60 million U.S. subscribers—a number had been boosted by the addition of Rutgers University and the University of Maryland to the conference.Big Ten Network was the second U.S. sports network to be devoted to a single college sports conference, having been preceded by the MountainWest Sports Network one year prior to its launch. BTN was later followed by Pac-12 and SEC cable channels with a similar array of programming.

Darius Walker

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Kate Longworth

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Kelly Stouffer

Kelly Wayne Stouffer, (born July 6, 1964), is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He spent most of his career with the Seattle Seahawks from 1988–1992. He graduated from Rushville High School in Rushville, Nebraska and attended Colorado State University.

He is a television color analyst for college football games on ESPN/ABC, and was formerly with the NFL on FOX, Versus, MountainWest Sports Network and Minnesota Vikings pre-season games.

At the conclusion of his collegiate career, he achieved notoriety when, after being selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft, he sat out what would have been his rookie year due to an inability to agree on a contract. The following season, the Cardinals traded his rights to the Seattle Seahawks, who listed Stouffer as third-string behind starter Dave Krieg and veteran backup Jeff Kemp. Krieg would be sidelined with a separated shoulder, and the following week Kemp was ineffective starting in place of Krieg and was benched in favor of Stouffer by halftime. Stouffer endeared himself to Seattle fans in one play where, after having his nose broken, he threw for a long gain resulting in a touchdown. For several weeks, Stouffer filled in until Krieg returned to the lineup. Stouffer seemed to regress in the eyes of Seahawk coaches over the next couple of years, and fell back to third string behind Kemp.

Once Seahawk head coach Chuck Knox was replaced by Tom Flores and Dave Krieg was let go, Stouffer won the starting job, beating out Dan McGwire and Stan Gelbaugh. Stouffer was injured in week 5, and the Seahawks started the season 1-4. After McGwire was quickly injured, journeyman Gelbaugh became the starter, yielding the job to Stouffer once Stouffer recovered. Stouffer, who seemed to have been showing a return to his rookie form just before his injury, was never the same, however, and Gelbaugh quickly became the established starter. The following season, Stouffer was released.

Stouffer was signed by the Miami Dolphins to a free agent contract in April 1994 but was released prior to the regular season.

Two years later, Stouffer was signed by the Carolina Panthers to a free agent contract in March 1996 but was released prior to the regular season.

In 2000, Stouffer finished his B.S. degree in biology from the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences and became the first undergraduate to earn that degree via the college's distance learning program.

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MTN

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MTN Group, mobile telephone network operator in African and Middle Eastern countries

MTN-Qhubeka, cycling team sponsored by the telephone company

Maritime Telecommunications Network, satellite phone network

Martin State Airport, Baltimore, US, IATA code

Manitoba Television Network, later CHMI-TV and City Winnipeg

MTN (TV station), Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Medium term note, a debt note

Michigan Talk Network, radio network

Metriol trinitrate, a liquid explosive similar to nitroglycerin

Montana Television Network, US

Mountain Air Cargo, ICAO airline designator

MountainWest Sports Network, dedicated to the Mountain West Conference

Multilateral trade negotiations, trade talks associated with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and World Trade Organization

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In addition to the national channel, it also operates a group of six regional sports channels focusing on different schools within the conference under the Pac-12 Networks brand:

Pac-12 Arizona, which carries events from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University

Pac-12 Bay Area, featuring events from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University

Pac-12 Los Angeles, featuring events from the University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California

Pac-12 Mountain, featuring events from the University of Colorado and University of Utah

Pac-12 Oregon, featuring events from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University

Pac-12 Washington, featuring events from the University of Washington and Washington State University

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More or less, it originally operates as a regional sports network for San Diego County, with a mixed format resembling that of Denver-based regional sports network Altitude Sports and Entertainment. After the loss of the network's television rights to many professional and collegiate sports teams in recent years, its programming has shifted more towards public interest programs as well as local programming, informercials and older television series that the channel had been carrying before losing the majority of its sports programming.

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