This became clear in March after NFLN analyst Warren Sapp claimed that former New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was the “snitch” who outed the team’s bounty program that resulted in sanctions not dissimilar from those imposed upon Penn State. Sapp had little proof of his claim, which enraged the Saints and the league. The network was chastened, but went on reporting the scandal and its many twists and turns.

In that context, the Big Ten Network’s failure to cover the Freeh Report and its fallout was particularly shameful. Meanwhile, let’s remember that the University of Texas launched the Longhorn Network last year in a partnership with ESPN, and be thankful that there isn’t a channel devoted purely to Penn State athletics.

One can only imagine what a Nittany Lion Network would be airing these days.


Robert Weintraub is the author of The House That Ruth Built. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Slate, and a television writer/producer based in Atlanta.