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OU President Surprised By Big 12 Announcement To Form Conference Sports Net
Published October 27, 2011
MORE NET TALK: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Smith & Ourand report with the SEC adding Texas A&M and possibly Missouri, the "concept of a conference channel is back on the table." Several sources said that the SEC and ESPN are "expected to explore such a channel over the next year or two as they modify their media rights deal to account for the addition" of A&M and Missouri. Conference expansion "enables either side, the conference or the network, to negotiate changes to their media contract." Neither the SEC nor ESPN would comment, but sources said that the launch of "any channel still is years away because the SEC has deals in place to distribute games to Fox Sports Net, Comcast SportsNet and over-the-air channels via the syndicated package." The conference "needs those games to start a channel" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/24 issue).