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  • BIG 12 SCHOOLS AGREE TO REVENUE SHARING PLAN

         In the final day of meetings, Big 12 school officials
    yesterday put together a revenue sharing plan that "divides most
    income equally," while also allowing teams "generating the most
    revenue keep the largest shares," according to Blair Kerkhoff in
    this morning's K.C. STAR.  Kerkhoff reports that the conference
    will equally share TV and bowl revenue after expenses.  "To
    reward the more successful programs," the conference will allow
    home teams to keep all gate receipts.  Kerkhoff writes that "the
    incentive is to play a good schedule to attract fans and keep all
    the ticket sales."  The same ideas will also apply to basketball,
    with more successful NCAA Tournament teams keeping the largest
    share of payouts and teams playing non-conference games on TV
    keeping 80% of their gates.  Texas Tech AD Bob Bockrath
    "estimated that the annual income difference between the richest
    and poorest schools will be no more than $700,000."  A football
    playoff is not part of this plan, but word is expected on a
    possible championship game in five-six weeks.  Kerkhoff reports
    that "athletic directors privately believe it will happen" (K.C.
    STAR, 5/18).  Kansas State President Jon Wefald:  "If the
    athletic directors see favorable numbers and recommend a playoff,
    then I think the CEOs will as well" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM,
    5/18).
    

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