When it launched in 2006, the Mtn. was the first of its kind: A college sports network dedicated solely to a conference. Last month, the owners of the network — CBS Sports Network and NBC Universal — announced that they will shut down the Mtn. on May 31.
So what happened? Mountain West Conference officials are — in part — blaming realignment. Utah, Brigham Young and Texas Christian have left the league, and Boise State and San Diego State are Big East-bound after this season. But the departures are only a small part of the story.
The demise of the Mtn. rests with league officials and member teams, who bungled a terrific idea from the start by underestimating the challenge of getting the network distributed.