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Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:40 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 12:53 am
 

The Big 12 should not expand in order to maximize its earning power, a source intimately involved in the conference's TV negotiations told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

"If it were me I'd try to stay where I am," said the source. "Nine months ago they had the same money for 10 teams. Is anything going to change if they have nine?"

Texas A&M's formal departure to the SEC this week reduced the Big 12 to nine teams. Missouri is still contemplating whether also to pursue membership in the SEC. With nine teams, the source said, not only would the conference get an expected windfall for its primary rights fees following the 2015 season, it would provide nine more non-conference games as inventory.

"That's more attractive to the networks than BYU-Iowa State," said source who did not want to be identified because of his relationship with the league.

BYU is widely speculated to be joining the Big 12 should it expand. A nine-team league would allow the Big 12 to keep playing a round-robin conference schedule (eight games) while scheduling four non-conference games. The league currently plays a nine-game conference schedule with three non-conference games.

Both Fox and ESPN committed to saving the league in 2010 after the Pac-12 almost raided the Big 12 of half of its team. The 10 remaining schools were guaranteed approximately $20 million each when the conference's primary rights deal with ESPN expired after the 2015-16 academic year.

Fox began to fulfill that promise when the league agreed to a $1.13 billion deal for 13 years for its secondary rights earlier this year. The source said neither Fox nor ESPN were going pay less than promised in 2010 for the Big 12 at nine teams, or perhaps even eight teams. It's not clear if Fox or ESPN have a cancellation clause of their contracts if league membership falls below a certain number.

Staying at nine, said the source, would make it easier for conference schools to get to that $20 million per-team plateau. For example, with nine teams the new Fox deal alone is worth $9.6 million per team. In the latest round of conference realignment schools either are a "brand" or have markets. While more teams would bring more inventory (games) to bid on, the question is: Would each new school bring $20 million to the table individually?

The Big 12 has a long way to go before answering that question. It hasn't been determined whether the schools have committed their primary media rights to the conference for six years. That would essentially hold the conference together but no one is quite sure where that issue stands. Oklahoma president David Boren said a week all the remaining schools had agreed. Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton merely said the issue was being discussed.

The Missouri board of curators will reportedly meet on Tuesday. The board could merely empower Deaton to seek another conference although there is no indication which way the school is leaning.

Big 12 expansion speculation is all over the map -- from staying at nine to going to 16 teams.

 

 

 

 

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Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:54 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

TO Maverick_IX:

The poll is a continuously updated poll, week-by-week, of current performances. Here are the current rankings:

ESPN Stats & Info Week 4 Conference Power Rankings

ConferenceAP RankComputers RankFinal

Big 12 (95.51)
SEC (92.92)

Big Ten (68.43)
Pac-12 (60.64)
ACC (57.65)
MWC (57.06)
Big East (50.17)

C-USA (17.48)
MAC (13.49)
Sun Belt (13.31)
WAC (13.11)

These scores are updated weekly. Whether the Big 12 remains in the lead each week is beside the point that I am trying to make which is that those people who say that the Big 12 is no match for the SEC should produce their proof.  I believe that this is non-biased proof that the Big 12 IS competitive with the SEC.

 



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:53 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

Does not make sense for the league to stay at 9 or even 10 from a business standpoint since all schools are now businesses, not academic institutions.  If they get to 12, that is an added game for the championship. You are going to tell me from a business standpoint that two schools don't want to make extra revenue from ticket sales and merchandise sales on a championship game? Really? I guarantee they also try to rework that TV contract if they go to 12 teams. They will be able to show they have better markatability when they get to a point of having a conference championship. Does this source even have a business degree cause I'm going to guess no.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:25 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

stevephoenix:  Do you have any clue what you are talking about?  That's a serious question.  It doesn't appear that you do which is too bad for you.




Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:19 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

Maverick_IX

Doubtful that too many of those points are Nebraska's. They've been down since the inception of the league. Texas and Oklahoma have dominated the league. Nebraska hasn't won a major bowl since 2000.




Since: Oct 3, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:49 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

A how many of those Big 12 points are thanks to Nebraska, their 300 non-conference wins, 5 national championships, 24 bowl wins and their 33 year of being ranked in the top 20???



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:41 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

Staying at 9 is flirting with danger IF they indeed want to save the conference. Id say bulk up with a couple more teams ..



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:33 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

The Big 12 is currently 26 and 2 in OOC games.  They could even be a sterling 28 and 2 if a&m could beat a SEC team for the first time since 1994.  They could also break a 3 year losing streak to schools from Arkansas.

The Big 12 plays the fewest FCS teams of any conference, only 6.  Check out my where I list all the OOC games for the AQ teams, if you don't believe me.  The ACC plays the most FCS teams, 13 and the SEC is second in that category with 12 games against FCS teams.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:24 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

If Missouri were to jump ship (and I don't believe for a second they are!) it would only be to join the Big 10(11) as that's actually a very good fit geographically for them. Other than that it ain't happenin. BYU? I'd say welcome!
You do know the Big Ten has 12 teams right now, right? Or have you been sleeping the past year and a half?



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:21 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

If Missouri were to jump ship (and I don't believe for a second they are!) it would only be to join the Big 10(11) as that's actually a very good fit geographically for them. Other than that it ain't happenin. BYU? I'd say welcome!



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:16 am
 

Source: Big 12 best to stay at 9

To J.B. TexEx

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