Expansion Link Dump - Aug 2nd

Lot of articles today mainly having to do with Ourand’s SBJ article regarding ESPN/FOX displeasure with expansion. Discussion in regards to that article can be found in the following thread:

I’ll break the posts up between national, Big 12, local writers to better parse through it:

National Writers

Five years later, the Big 12 faces another fork in the road. Once again, the Sooners are on the spot. Only this time, Oklahoma is loaded with leverage – to dictate what happens to the conference’s grant of rights, its composition and its overall future.

Can Texas and Oklahoma work together in Big 12 expansion?

Texas could help get votes for BYU, and Oklahoma could do the same for Houston, and the networks could settle for two-team expansion that costs a lot but not as much as four teams.

That would require Oklahoma to sacrifice its Cincinnati goal, or perhaps to swap the Bearcats for BYU. It could also cost the networks a lot of money.

Big 12 expansion battle lines drawn with TV rights holders 'pushing back’
ESPN and Fox are none too thrilled that the Big 12 is seeking to expand, particularly because of the teams it is considering
Dennis Dodd

The basic question: Does the Big 12 care about angering its rights holders in future negotiations? Even with Texas and Oklahoma as Big 12 members, those rights holders might not be willing to pay as much for a league that includes, for example, BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and Memphis.

More Dodds on an interview with WHB 810 in KC:

Thinks they’re headed to 14 teams

Local Big 12 Writers

Report: TV partners push back against Big 12 expansion plans

“It’s a mutually binding contract that we put in place four and a half years ago,” Bowlsby said. “So I don’t think we have to make apologies for activating around stipulations that we both agreed to.”

How TV pushback could mold Big 12 expansion

No way are the networks going to determine which schools the Big 12 adds, but you have to hope the league is listening to their concerns and their frustrations. If not, things could get ugly in the coming months. If not, things could get tricky when the Big 12 has to negotiate a new TV deal beyond 2025.

Report: Big 12 TV partners unhappy with conference’s expansion pursuit

An executive with one of the Big 12 Conference’s television partners said in the first hours of Media Days in July that he believed expansion was a good idea for the Big 12 — in a decade or so.

Later that day, word started spreading about an Atlantic Coast Conference network and by the end of the following day, the Big 12 said exploration of expansion candidates was immediately back in play.

Local Big 12 Expansion Candidate Writers

AAC kicks off football season with speculation boiling over

(If only, some Big 12 types are thinking right about now, their league had the same philosophy.) “Once this is over, we’ve still got a really, really strong conference that has a goal to make it the ‘Power Six,’ ” Aresco continues. “I think we can continue this progress.”

Big 12’s TV partners unhappy with league’s expansion plans

“The Sooners have long believed to have had their eye on BYU, which has the strongest football brand of any non-Power 5 school,” Trotter wrote. “The Cougars also have a national following through the Mormon Church, and operate near Salt Lake City, a top-35 TV market. Boren also has shown interest in Cincinnati; he traded emails with then-Cincinnati president Santa Ono last year. Besides that, Boren could also press Texas to support a four-school expansion, which would net the conference an additional $50 million a year.”

BYU athletics: Big 12 TV partners pumping the brakes on expansion

Several recruits have said in the past few weeks that BYU coaches have told them the school’s prospects of being invited into the Big 12 look favorable, but are not certain.

Kasich individually addressed a duplicate of his four-paragraph letter to Bowlsby and each of the 10 presidents and chancellors, including West Virginia President Gordon Gee. Kasich and Gee have had a strong relationship for a long time, dating to when Gee was president at Ohio State. Kasich leaned on Gee for guidance on budget and other higher education issues, even after he left Ohio State in 2013.

The AAC: It just shrinks more

That would be Mike Aresco, the American Athletic Conference commissioner, who may begin Tuesday morning’s annual state-of-the-conference speech by asking, “Was it something I said?”

No, Mike. It really wasn’t. Although everyone would understand if you think so, given that you’ve already presided over one league’s demise.

Big 12 Expansion Watch: Memphis emerging for fourth spot?

Still, a range of options remain. But the key decision, as Brown discusses, is appeasing the University of Texas. He writes that Texas officials would be willing to agree to four-team expansion if there’s “no extension of TV rights or grant of rights (which grant a school’s rights back to the conference it departs).” He said if ESPN and Fox mandate an extension, Texas could balk.

Quick thoughts on an ominous report on Big 12 expansion

5. My guess is conference expansion is still on. Indeed, Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com has reported that he believes it will be wrapped up early in the football season. One solution would be to add four, but negotiate lower rates with ESPN and Fox. That seems sensible to me. But these are nerve-wracking times at the University of Memphis, as they well should be.

Big 12 reasons UCF should be No. 1 choice for league expansion

It’s your mission as the custodians of the conference to take pandering politics out of it, employ a long-term big-picture approach and consider all the pertinent numbers — projections and potential; analytics and academics. If you do this, as I’ve written before, I’m confident you will conclude UCF is geographically, demographically, athletically and academically the No. 1 option to become the next great institution of higher learning in your prestigious league.

USF looks to the past in bid for Big 12 expansion

In addition to past attendance, it’s believed USF will point to the 26 weeks it has spent in the Associated Press Top 25 poll in the past 11 years, a figure competitive with Cincinnati (36) and Houston (32), and significantly greater than UCF (11), Connecticut (six) and Memphis (four).

Temple willing to talk to Big 12 about expansion

“We have the fifth-winningest basketball program in the country and football is emerging as this great program,” he said. “We have had five bowl-eligible seasons in seven years and we believe we are as qualified as anybody else.”

Other Expansion Articles

As conference changes loom, Northern Illinois looks to engage Chicago alumni

The product on the field remains terrific — NIU opens camp this weekend in DeKalb with an eye toward a seventh straight appearance in the Mid-American Conference championship game — but any hope of turning that success into major-conference dollars is held back by an alumni base that has largely returned to lethargy.

Chuck Landon: Fees for exiting C-USA not cheap

So, if a C-USA school would want to leave and join the American Athletic Conference, which is a popular subject of conversation currently, it would entail two years of limbo and roughly $5.6 million in exit fees.

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