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"With expansion still an unsettled issue for the Big 12 Conference, Commissioner Bowlsby gave his annual state of the league address to open football media days. The Big 12 is set to make more money from its television contracts if it adds more teams. Expansion by two schools, theoretically, would force", sports.yahoo.com
"The Big 12’s TV partners are pushing back on the conference’s plans to expand. ESPN and Fox Sports believe that expansion with schools from outside the power five conferences will water down the Big 12 and make it less valuable, not more, sources said. But the Big 12 is financially motivated to add more teams. A clause in the conference’s media deals stipulate that if the Big 12 expands, it would receive pro rata increases in its rights fees. The original deals pay $2.6 billion over 13 years, or about $20 million per school annually. Expansion by two schools, theoretically, would force ESPN and Fox combined to pay an additional $40 million per year in rights fees. Expansion by four teams could mean another $80 million per year. Both networks, according to sources, are digging their heels in against paying those kinds of increases based on expansion with schools outside the power five.", newsok.com
"Could the Big 12's expansion plans actually hurt its relationship with college football's most important TV partners? John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal reported Monday morning that, actually, the answer to that question could be yes.", collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com
"By the time you read this, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby could be perched over a plate of dry-rub ribs in Memphis asking FedEx executives how much money they can funnel into conference coffers through title sponsorships to help the hometown college secure an expansion vacancy in a Power 5 league.He could be on campus at BYU, assuring administrators that their school, which offers the best international brand and the most valuable football program of any expansion candidate on the free-agent", www.norwichbulletin.com
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