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MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: October 5, 2011 10:26 am

The Big 12 is determining whether Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton is still a member of the conference's expansion committee despite now being the point man for the school's conference exploration.

Deaton stepped down as chairman of the Big 12 board of directors Monday during an announcement that the school's board of curators had given him permission to explore "all actions necessary to fully explore options for conference affiliation ". Deaton made a point to say he had relinquished his chairman position to remove the appearance of a conflict.

Deaton either is or was chairman of the conference's four-person expansion committee that recently reformed. There seems to be some confusion within the league whether that position is held by Deaton or Kansas State president Kirk Schulz. The league is in the process of deciding how to expand with or without Missouri, which looks like it is headed to the SEC.

It would definitely be a conflict if Deaton was on a committee finding new members for the Big 12 while exploring his school's conference options. A league spokesman said the issue would be clarified later Wednesday.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Big 12, Missouri, SEC

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:30 am

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

WildTurkey, you are talking out your ass and making things up. Stick with the facts, which do not support your opinion. I know this is tough to accept, but you will be a better and wiser man for doing it.

Now run along before I am forced to taunt you again.....  

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:38 am

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

Demo-D:  The key to Texas' 15 Million is that is guaranteed money and no one else has that assurance (to my knowledge) and on top of that will receive 70% of the profits, once ESPN recoups its initial $295 million, which some have speculated could bring that number closer to 20 million if not more in later years.  Its interesting that you use Florida as an example since they are the TOP earner in the SEC, in Tier 3 Revenue, but that hardly should be the comparison for a team that is a member of the BIG 12.  I do not believe that saying 15 Million of guaranteed money, in the BIG 12, is a GAME CHANGER should qualify as an idiotic statement.  You are free to disagree and use disparaging remarks if you like but I will submit that my facts support the conclusion.

Never said Tier 3 revenue was shared (although I am not certain how the B1G and PAC 12 handle this issue with their networks but I would guess these rights are in fact shared but I am not 100% confident in that and no I don't care to do the research), should be shared or that Texas should in fact share.  The point was that Texas' deal was a threat to the other members of the conference and gave them a competitive edge.  I also stated that if it was my school I probably wouldn't want to give concessions either.  Bottom line none of this matters what matters is the PERCEPTION of the other members of the BIG 12 and what that it holds for the future of the BIG 12.

I honestly believe that with the additions of Missouri and Texas AM you are going to see the SEC create its own network built off Tier 3 rights and that this will give them the leverage to negotiate the largest TV package of any conference.  The articles are currently circulating, on the internet, that Missouri and Texas AM will not bring added value and leverage with the networks to the conference are not considering this possibility.  However I believe it to be highly probably especially with what we have seen play out in the BIG 12.  If the SEC combines its member schools' Tier 3 rights and puts them on the open market you will see an epic bidding war to win the programing.  

As for the PAC 12's refusal to compromise on the LHN that has been speculated on almost every major sports site so if that is a lie I guess I have plenty of company but there was no intent to deceive.  I do truly believe that Texas' main interest was saving the BIG 12 but I also think the only reason why is because they de facto run the league through overwhelming influence and simply did not want to lose that position.  You can choose to not believe that but in my opinion it would be naive to do so. 

A matter not covered in the prior post is the question of why Texas was reportedly talking with both the PAC 12 and ACC but not the SEC.  Of course I think the answer is obviously that they are scared to death to compete week in and week out in the toughest college football conference in the country.   

Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:43 pm

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

I doubt that even the SEC could get Oklahoma to switch without its partner Okie State. Getting those 2 though would create one heck of a monopoly after A&M and Missouri also join.

It's strange how some states like Oklahoma, Kansas, Virginia, Washington, Oregon and Arizona all prefer to have both schools while the SEC schools Florida, GA, South Carolina and Kentucky prefer to not crowd their turf. 

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:32 pm

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

Wild Turkey, UT made $10.3 million in merchandise sales in 2009-2010. Should UT share that money, also?  And, really loads of Longhorn fans wearing their hats and shirts is a whole lot more impressive than the LHN, which isn't a factor at this.  Few if any out there, get it.  Yet it is being used as excuse and not the reason.  If those other schools were competitive with the Longhorns, none of this would be an issue.  It's because they lose consistently to the Longhorns and don't win NCs in the three major men's sports.  Football, basketball and baseball.  You might remember the old refrain, "Losers walk."  That's what those schools that have left and are leaving the Big 12 are doing.  Walking away from tradition and hoping they can win in their new conferences.  Good luck, they'll need it.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:07 pm

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

that it has become a GAME CHANGER

Idiot!! Florida makes 11 million a year off their tier 3 rights and their sports network. Texas makes 15 million. Boy that 4 million a year is a GAME CHANGER!!! Freaking idiot. You are just like the rest of the tools who refuse to look at the facts before coming to a conclusion. No one shares their Tier 3 revenue. NO ONE. But everyone believes Texas should. Why is that? You bring up Highschool games, but fail to mention that the Big12 put an end to that and Texas NEVER objected. You lie about the Pac12 and it's decision to stay at 12. They never once pubicly admitted it had anything to do with the LHN. The fact is Texas choose to not go to the Pac12 because they want to see the Big12 survive and they know it will fail without them.     

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:01 pm

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

Charlie42s:  What I said was that the LHN "threw the Revenues out of whack" I never said other schools don't keep their Tier 3 rights or that revenue is shared 100% across the board.  What I am trying to propose is that the economics of the LHN is so far above what anyone has experienced in the past or what anyone reaonably expected that it has become a GAME CHANGER.  Overnight Texas has a 300 million deal that they can go to any finanical institution and borrow against, issue bonds or leverage however they want and pour back into the program TODAY if they so choose. 

I don't think anyone can argue that this is a unbelievible competitive advantage and if you are in the same conference where a rival team has this advantage then quite frankly it is frightning.  This money is not going to build libraries this money is going towards complete and utter domination of whoever is in arms reach on atheletic fields, staduims and pools.  To give you a comparison the US and Russia were alies in World War II the US developes the Atomic bomb, trust goes out the window and things between the two have never been the same (I know this is a streatch so don't start posting history websites the only purpose is to give a general idea of what is happening).  The LHN is an atomic bomb within the BIG 12, trust between the members is at an all time low and it is going to take considerible consessions on Texas' part to bring the conference to a sense of stability and ease. 

Now to be fair if my school had this deal in place would I give up concessions?  I really don't know that kind of money can definitely change your perspective and it is too easy to say I would do the right thing when I don't have 300 million in my pocket. 

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:50 pm

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

The Oklahoma will be joining Missouri and Texas A&M in the SEC. The SEC would like to add North Carolina but will end up with WVU in its final move to 16 teams by 2014.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:11 pm

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

The entire Big12 voted to allow schools to develop Tier 3 networks. Kansas, OSU, Mizzou and Nebraska have been making millions off of Tier 3 content for years and never shared any of it.  Nebraska hosted 3 football games as Tier 3 and nobody complained about it last year. The LHN is the excuse and not the reason.

It was ESPN that announced LHN would host HS football games and Texas along with the Big 12 voted to table it for a year. The NCAA vetoed it a week later.  Mack Brown, a 100k football stadium and Texas tradition gives UT a recruiting advantage.  Why aren't you complaining about the SEC hosting 7 on 7 football camps on their college campuses?

Instability was started by the Big Ten, Mizzou publicly announcing they wanted to go.  CU and UNL conducted secret discusssion with the Pac and the Big Ten and never came to the Big 12 asking for concessions.  Instability is caused by people rocking the boat, not those who stay behind, but you wouldn't understand that.

I'm glad that Texas wouldn't give up the LHN.  I want them to remain in the Big12.
As far as Equal Revenue Sharing in college football in all three Tiers, there isn't any in college football.  Check out this link detailing Tier 3 .

Since: Jun 12, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:10 pm

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

Hahahah in your dreams.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:00 pm

MU Deaton's possible conflict of interest

The real problems in the Big 12 that caused schools to leave were that those schools stopped being competitive.  Texas beat UNL 9 out of 10 times in Big 12 conference play.  Texas beat CU 70-3 in the 2005 Big 12 CCG, CU couldn't even field a baseball team. a&m has an inferiority complex with Texas.  It drives the ags crazy that UT considers the Sooners to be a better rivalry than them. UT is 7 and 1 against Mizzou in Big 12 play.
I guess Texas should have thrown a few games to keep those schools in the conference, NOT!

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