Friday, July 20, 2007
More Big Ten Network Follies
The Big Ten continues to try and shove its network down the public throat, and the public continues to shove back.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette, in an online poll, asked whether the Big Ten Network should be put on Mediacom's basic tier of service. Mediacom is a cable company that serves much of the state of Iowa.
Hoping to manipulate the result, Rick Klatt, an associate athletic director at Iowa, took it upon himself to have a special email distributed to Iowa Hawkeye ticket purchasers and other supporters urging them to vote in the Gazette's poll.
"I invite you to cast a vote in favor of Mediacom placing the Big Ten Network on the basic level of service it makes available to its customers in the state of Iowa," Klatt wrote in the email.
But when the final numbers were in, roughly 82% opposed putting the network on the basic tier, handing Klatt a crushing defeat.
Klatt's opinion of the validity of online polls changed dramatically when the result didn't go his way. Asked by the Des Moines Register about his email, Klatt defended his actions, then dismissed the poll.
“I have problems with online polls,” he said before quickly spinning the argument. “They aren’t scientific or accurate, but there is another side to this argument and we believe we have the strong evidence that Big Ten sports is important in Iowa and that has to be recognized.”
This isn't the first time Klatt has found himself in the middle of a controversy. He was involved in Iowa's decision to secure seven domain names that could be used to criticize athletic department officials, including coach Kirk Ferentz.
Posted by dawizofodds at 12:22 AM