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UT and OU to SEC early? New Big 12 development could make it happen

The Big 12’s announcement to begin media rights negotiations early could just be the ticket for Texas and OU to move to the SEC before 2025.

The Big 12’s announcement to begin media rights negotiations early could just be the ticket for Texas and OU to move to the SEC before 2025.

Texas and OU handed over media rights to the Big 12 for the conference to negotiate a television deal. This Grant of Rights will not expire until June 30, 2025. This is why both UT and OU have publicly stated that they will transition to SEC in 2025.

However, the entitlement agreement contains the following clause:

5. Amendments to Television Broadcast Rights Agreements. The Board, after consulting with each member institution, must approve any amendment, modification, extension, renewal, or replacement of the Television Broadcast Rights Agreement in accordance with the Bylaws of the Conference (the “Bylaws”). provided, however, that the Conference shall not modify, amend, extend, renew, or replace any Television Rights Agreement that grants Television Cast Partners rights more favorable to Television Cast Partners or imposes obligations or conditions on Member Institutions. shall be without the prior written consent of all Member Institutions that are then members of the Conference, to such Member Institutions more than stipulated in the Television Broadcast Rights Agreement in effect on the Effective Date (defined below). more restrictive to

In other words, if I’m reading this correctly (and I’m a journalist, not a lawyer), the Big Twelve cannot enforce new media rights agreements without the consent of all members.

It is important to note that even if your entitlement to the Big 12 has expired, there is still an exit fee to leave the Big 12. I let go all together.

Dennis Dodds, college football reporter for CBS Sports, said there are active negotiations going on to allow UT and OU to leave the Big 12 early.

“This is definitely a piece of this puzzle, the separation of this OU and Texas,” said a source familiar with the discussion. “These conversations are definitely taking place and making accessible progress.”

What’s included in the BIG 12?

The Big 12 have not made this move and could lose money from UT and OU if something goes wrong with them.

Ed Desser, a media rights consultant and former president of NBA TV, said the Big 12’s decision to sign new contracts early makes sense, even if it means losing UT and OU early. increase. The move will allow the Big 12 to solidify their place in the world of college football while leveraging ESPN to raise more money.

“I think a lot of schools are saying, ‘We need to plan for the future,'” Desser said. “College sports prices reset and ESPN didn’t win any of the Big 10. So for the rest of the conference he has to win one or both.”

In addition to stabilizing the Big 12, the media deal could also pave the way for future expansion.

Media rights consultant Lee Burke, who works with a variety of teams in the NFL, MLB and colleges, said: Including OUs. “If the Big 12 make any moves in terms of adding schools, we can read exactly how they affect the overall media deal.”

Pac-12 is also negotiating a new media rights deal with ESPN, and now both conferences are going head to head to see who deserves more in the world of college football.

“The reality is you need television to attract schools, you need revenue, and you need certainty to do that,” Burke said. “I think this gives the Big 12 certainty and information about what it has to offer both current members and potential new members.”

Big 12 Commissioner Brett Jormak said during his speech at the Big 12 Media Day that the conference was “open for business.”

Four Corners schools in Arizona, Arizona, Colorado and Utah are rumored to be potential Big 12 expansion candidates.

In a perfect world, these schools might choose to stay in their current conference without USC and UCLA. But college football is no longer a perfect world.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren told Bryant Gumbel on HBO’s Real Sports that his conference could grow from 16 to 20 people. Oregon, Washington, Stamford and California all make sense for both football and Olympic sports travel partners his school.

If you’re the principal of one of the four corner schools, it would be remiss not to consider options other than at least the Pac-12 in case the current meeting implodes.

No one wants to be Oregon in the conference regrouping game.

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