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Big 12 Members Agree To Six Year TV Revenue Sharing Plan
Published October 7, 2011
INCENTIVE TO STAY: In Ft. Worth, Jimmy Burch noted by signing over ESPN/ABC and Fox Sports television rights to the Big 12 for six years, “any school that leaves for another conference during that stretch would be unavailable for telecasts in its new league.” The measure, “combined with Monday’s approval of equal revenue-sharing from ESPN/ABC and Fox Sports TV contracts, represents enhanced stability.” Univ. of Oklahoma President David Boren said it is “a win for the entire conference.” Boren: “I was especially pleased that the conference will have its own bylaws to make sure that institutional-branded networks will be prohibited from showing high school athletes in game or highlight format in a way that could give any conference member a recruiting advantage” (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 10/6). The Univ. of Missouri, which is rumored to be headed to the SEC, "didn't participate in the votes" on either the revenue sharing or the TV appearances (K.C. STAR, 10/7).
ANOTHER NETWORK: OU AD Joe Castiglione said that “his school hopes to launch its network as early as next fall.” Castiglione “called it ‘very likely’ its unnamed network would be up and running by then and has already shown up to 30-plus softball and baseball games on Cox cable in cities like Oklahoma City and Tulsa” (STATESMAN.com, 10/6).