Hubris is one explanation for these gaffes, and certianly part of the problem as far as their negotiation failures,but I have heard from some very reliable sources that the policy has become that athletics have to be self-sustaining and that they have to support the broader missions of the church.
I believe the church held their feet to the fire and said essentially, "if you can do it following these conditions then go ahead."
Remember folks, these negotiation terms aren't over a supposed lucrative ESPN contracts, it is about a non-revenue generating channel, BYUtv. Why would this be a sticking point?
It explains the increase in the whole, 'Missionary Arm of the Church' speak from Bronco and it's fans.
I am LDS, but if there is one thing I know is that the LDS church is very good at managing and growing its assets, and knowing this, it is hard to imagine why they would walk away from better money. The LDS church is known for being tough negotiators, but not stupid negotiators.
You know that church leaders aren't just turning a blind eye from the antics on and off the field and each time a player like Di Luigi is acting like a fool on national TV doesn't make them cringe.
So, despite obvious arrogance from the athletics department, none of their actions make much sense, unless put in the light that the LDS church has opted to let its sports program essentially die. I fully expect BYU to drop out of D-1 status in 10 years, if not earlier.
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