Friday, June 22, 2007

U of A/KATV Broadcasting Deal Illegal?

Arkansas Business.com is raising the concern that the broadcasting deal the University of Arkansas has with KATV/Channel 7 may not be in line with state law. Below is an excerpt from the article:

A Little Rock lawyer who spoke to Arkansas Business under the condition that his name was not disclosed said it would be hard for the university to justify to a judge failing to publicly request proposals for the contract whenever it was renewed through negotiations, but did say that does not void the contract. It does, however, leave open the possibility of a lawsuit.

The current contract between KATV and the UA, which was most recently extended on Sept. 30, 2005, to run through the 2010-11 football and basketball seasons, was originally put into place June 17, 1994, and has been updated with internal and non-public negotiations several times since.

According to state regulations regarding contract extensions, only one extension may be granted and may not exceed the length of the original agreement. The original agreement between the UA and KATV was for four years, meaning the contract should have at least been placed out for bid before the 2002-2003 seasons.

Among other features of the contract, it establishes the University of Arkansas as the owner the coach’s weekly TV show, allowing it to keep the advertising profits the show generate.

12 Comments:

At 10:54 PM, June 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with all of these tv stations is not the broadcasting,it is the people running the show.
Education and experence is really not the base of their operation,skill and what you got and what you can do will bring in ratings.
In a stiuation like this one got to remenber,all of the wrong people are in these so called top jobs making it hell for the rest of us.

 
At 1:12 AM, June 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

another UofA lawsuit? Shock!!

 
At 7:34 AM, June 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IF KATV goes take the U of A to court over this it will REALLY hurt them.

The partnership between KAVE and the U of A is nearing an end.

 
At 2:40 PM, June 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Sausage Thru The Grinder, so go the Plays Of Our Hogs!

 
At 4:13 PM, June 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait and see...a new partner is on the way for the U of A. KATV will be out!!

 
At 7:31 PM, June 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ole Frank can and will do what he wants to do and nobody can or will stop him because he will cut off their free Hog game tickets.

We have a bunch of uneducated jocks that will never graduate from any college running this program and as long as people will fork over money to finance this program, it will never end.

 
At 7:41 PM, June 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when will the lawsuits end? for once, this doesn't have houston nutt behind it.

 
At 10:23 PM, June 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You obviously know nothing about major college athletic programs.

 
At 10:08 PM, June 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You obviously know nothing about major college athletic programs.

And Arkansas is a major college?

 
At 11:07 PM, June 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are in the SEC then you are major.

 
At 7:33 AM, June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ask Vandy. Arkansas is one of the schools everbody wants to play for homecoming. Just like Vandy they'll slip up and have a winning season every now and then.

 
At 8:30 PM, June 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you are in the SEC then you are major."

Arkansas major? Major what?

 

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