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DEAL FROM ABC COULD PAVE WAY FOR BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Published November 15, 1995
Athletic directors from the Big 12 may recommend approval of a championship football game tomorrow if they receive a large enough offer from ABC, according to Wendell Barnhouse of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. The network and the conference have reportedly discussed terms for a new deal, as the current agreement calls for ABC to pay $2.5M to broadcast the championship game. Big 12 Commissioner Steve Hatchell said ABC's proposal "could be good enough to tip the scales in favor of a championship game." One Big 12 athletic administrator said he would "be shocked if it doesn't happen. I think it would come down to (convincing the athletic directors that) a championship game is salable and that it's a huge opportunity that can't be passed up." If approved, the game would probably be played at rotating sites, with St. Louis' Trans World Dome, San Antonio's Alamodome and the Houston Astrodome as the "three strongest candidates" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/15). A Big 12 championship game is expected to net each school more than $12,000 and a lucrative ABC deal could raise that figure (Randy Covitz, KANSAS CITY STAR, 11/15).