SBD/Issue 238/Sports Industrialists

Keeping It In The Family: Big 12 Names Dan Beebe Commissioner

Big 12 Names Dan
Beebe Commissioner
The Big 12 named DAN BEEBE its new Commissioner, almost three months after he was named interim Commissioner when KEVIN WEIBERG resigned June 14 to join the Big Ten Network (Mult., 9/6). Nebraska Chancellor and Big 12 BOD Chair HARVEY PERLMAN said that Beebe will "probably get a five-year contract," although the financial parameters were not disclosed. When Weiberg resigned, he had three years remaining on a deal that paid him $515,000 in salary and $171,500 in benefits. Perlman said that the ten BOD members present unanimously approved Beebe.  Oklahoma State Univ. and Univ. of Colorado officials were not present. In Dallas, Brian Davis notes the other finalist, Indianapolis-based sports attorney JACK SWARBRICK was considered a "non-traditional candidate because he lacked experience in college athletics" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/6).

SHARE THE WEALTH: In Oklahoma, John Helsley writes "revenue sharing is among the most sensitive topics among the Big 12 hierarchy," as the "other power conferences share revenue equally." For the conference's "long-standing football powers with the largest stadiums ... status quo is preferred," but for the rest of the schools, "a true split is sought." TV revenue is "at the heart of it" because the current percentage is "based partly upon the number of television appearances a school receives" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 9/6). Beebe said the conference's TV split "was set up with very specific negotiated points that allowed all members to come in comfortably. We have to pay attention to that" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/6).

Return to top

Related Topics:

People and Pop Culture

Video Powered By - Castfire CMS Powered By - Sitecore

Report a Bug