I said yesterday that things are heating up in the sports world. Was I right?
The future of the Big 12 is in doubt. In fact, it appears that the conference is ending in 2025 if not sooner. Although it stinks for Big 8 and Big 12 fans like myself, things should settle down once it all shakes out. I have a lot of thoughts on what is going on.
The Royals swept the Milwaukee Brewers in a two-game series in Milwaukee. They have played well the last two days. That’s good to see. Now we wait to see if they trade Whit Merrifield in the next week or so.
Sporting played an exciting game that ended in a tie. I know a lot of people don’t like soccer. Some of the hate is because of ties. But I tell you what, this was an exciting tie. We didn’t get a winner but we got an exciting game with some terrible officiating that let the game get out of control.
But without a doubt, the news of the day yesterday was Texas, Oklahoma, and the fate of the Big 12. That will be the top story until it gets resolved. And it appears we could know next week that things are definitely going down.
Kansas City Royals 6, Milwaukee Brewers 3
Sporting Kansas City 1, San Jose Earthquakes 1
THE END OF THE BIG 12?
Rumors are swirling about Texas and Oklahoma having approached the SEC about joining the conference. There have been no reports of anyone from either school denying the rumors. They will only say that they won’t comment on rumors from unnamed sources. Other reports later in the day yesterday said that Texas and Oklahoma are expected to inform the Big 12 next week that they intend to leave.
The schools would need 11 of the 14 schools in the SEC to approve their admission to the league. Texas A&M has expressed their view against the move. Missouri is expected to vote against it as well. But it’s doubtful the conference would get two more votes against the move to squash it.
So here we are again with Big 12 fans worrying about the future of the conference. If Texas and Oklahoma leave the conference, the Big 12 is likely done. Other schools are expected to run to other Power 5 conferences rather than try to add schools to keep the Big 12 alive.
The Big 12 grant of rights that all conference schools signed several years ago gives the conference TV rights to any school that leaves the conference before the current television contract ends in 2025. So if Texas and Oklahoma leave for the SEC before then, the Big 12 would still control the TV rights for the schools. That makes adding Texas and Oklahoma a little less appealing right now. Of course, money solves everything. If the schools want to ,eave, they will buyout anything in their way.
The remaining Big 12 schools could remain together and share in the TV rights money earned by Texas and Oklahoma. But if the conference collapses, which is very likely, the TV rights would likely be a non-issue since the Big 12 would no longer exist. Lawyers, am I right?
Most think that Oklahoma State is tied to Oklahoma so that the SEC would have to accept both or neither. However, that is apparently not written in law. It would be an issue complicating things in the Oklahoma government, but it apparently would not prevent Oklahoma leaving Oklahoma State behind.
The rumors appear to be legit based on everything I have seen and heard. Texas and Oklahoma are too big in football for this to not happen. There is too much money to be made. I expect this to happen. Of course, some are saying that Texas would be better off as an independent than being a member of the SEC or Big 12.
The questions now are when it will happen and what will become of the Big 12 conference?
People seem to be jumping to the idea of the Big 12 merging with the Mountain West. I don’t see that. Could some Big 12 schools join the Mountain West? Sure. But I don’t see Kansas basketball in the Mountain West. I would expect Kansas to join the Big Ten. Kansas State? Who knows?
It’s an interesting time in college sports. Again…
NOTES… The Royals acquired RHP Joel Payamps from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash and assigned him to Triple-A Omaha… The San Francisco Giants are reportedly interested in Danny Duffy even if he won’t be able to pitch for the next month.
With Texas, Oklahoma on cusp of biggest move in college sports history, will pettiness get in way? (Pete Thamel)
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