Hello, again. I'm back. If you hadn't noticed I'd left, there's no surprise or blame on my end toward you.
I actually took a vacation. Felt weird; hadn't had one in nearly three years. Vacations can be fun because you can unplug yourself from the outside world. And that's what I did. Then I came back to discover the Big 12 is more disorganized than that roommate you had freshman year -- who was the worst.
Texas A&M is now as flirtatious as the hot girlfriend you had for two weeks -- also during freshman year -- and you just know that's going to end up a mess, a bigger one than it already is.
And now we come to find Kansas State has its own network? Believe it, for it is so, albeit only an online network. (Full disclosure: Kansas State's network is affiliated with the CBS College Network.) This is nothing compared to the Longhorn Network, which I'm fairly certain is destined to be looked back at by historians as the reason college athletics changed forever, in addition to why California broke off into the Pacific and the determining factor behind why the nation's economic crisis was stalled in second gear for so long.
But back to K-State. Monday, it announced that K-StateHD.TV will go live to all subscribers come Aug. 30. Yes, that soon. Its first broadcast? A women's volleyball game against Creighton. Whoo! The football team's opener against Eastern Kentucky will be broadcast live on Sept. 3.
What this means, basically, is that any Kansas State sporting event that's not already tabbed by a major television network will be broadcast on the Internet via K-StateHD.TV. There's also going to be exclusive access to game replays, press conferences and other "original programming."
It's a smaller step, but eventually we're going to see most BCS-level schools get to this level. Put everything they can online, rake in the money and spread the brand as far as possible. Kansas State's just one of the first to do so -- and kudos to them for the catalyst mindset amid the complete chaos happening within its conference at the moment. This is something I won't say is critical, but I think it's valuable given the relative turbulence that's bouldering through the Big 12 at the moment.
To watch games live, the network will charge $9.95 per month, or $79.95 for a year. Will Wildcats fans pony up for this? It's likely. College fans have acted more famished while simultaneously having content shoved down their eyes, ears and throats in recent years. It's a phenomenon that doesn't seem likely to curb in the coming decade.
K-State athletic director John Currie said, via a statement: "We want to ensure that K-Staters anywhere in the world can watch the Wildcats, and the fact that all of our new programming will be produced in high definition will also put us in a strategic position as we continue to explore future avenues for distribution."