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Great. Now Politicians Are Getting Involved In The Realignment Mess

Nobody dislikes politicians more than me.  We’ve reached a point in this country when most of them love their party more than their country.  If that weren’t bad enough, most of the folks we send to Washington do whatever they can to not fix our serious problems.  Instead of the economy and health care they take up silly side issues like steroids in baseball, HGH in football, all while threatening to weigh in on “spygate” and the BCS.

Now — thanks to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell — they’re wasting Americans’ time and money by involving themselves in the current conference expansion/realignment mess.

It’s one thing for politicians to lobby to keep in-state schools together.  But when the people we send to Congress decide they need to pull strings to make sure Homestate U. gets a berth in Conference X, well, that’s taking things a mile or 10 too far.

We’ve got some links for you to chew on this morning just to catch you up on all this silliness.  Most of it would seem to have bupkes to do with Missouri or the SEC.

On that front, the biggest news yesterday was The Kansas City Star’s report that MU chancellor Brady Deaton is scheduled to go to India next week to speak at an international conference on radiopharmaceuticals.  (I happen to be all for that because there are a lot of sick guys out there in sportstalk radio-land.  Bah-dum-bum.  I’ll be here all week.)  The takeaway: If Missouri can’t line up its exit from the Big 12 before the end of the weekend, this mess probably won’t be cleared up until after Deaton returns about 10 days into November.  Hooray.

But here’s the fear regarding all this Congressional hanky-panky — while it looks like this is a Big 12/West Virginia/Louisville problem, now that shouts are being heard in the halls of Congress, is it not possible that all of the politicians not happy over realignment might band together and decide to investigate the whole matter?  After all, as we’re seeing in Kentucky and West Virginia, what better way to kiss up to the electorate than to fight for the local school when it comes to its football conference.

And if some nitwit decides to further waste our tax dollars by calling for some half-baked hearing on conference expansion, then everything could be put on hold.

Maybe you like expansion and maybe you don’t.  Maybe you think the SEC should add West Virginia or East Carolina or East Oxnard Community College.  Fine.  Super.

But the minute Congress gets involved is the minute things will go straight to Hell.  Mark my words.  They may be keeping Mizzou out of the SEC at the moment, but tomorrow they may putting a de facto cap on all expansion or causing other leagues to break apart.

For those who don’t like the slippery slope argument, I give you cigarettes and ice cream.  As smoking bans were put in place across America — rather than allowing businesses to decide for themselves if they would be smoking or non-smoking — I told my friends that this would open us up to all manner of bans.  Obesity is the #1 cause of health problems in our country.  Insurance companies know that.  What’s to stop their lobbyists from trying to ban all types of fattening foods?  Imagine no ice cream parlors, I said.

A couple of years later, trans fats have been banned in New York City and the cities of San Francisco and Boston have now banned sugary drinks from vending machines on city property.  Soda taxes are now being proposed across the country.  Next stop: ice cream.

Does that make me a prophet?  Hardly.  It just makes me someone who knows that buffoonish blowhards will act like buffoonish blowhards when given half a chance.

So whether you’re for expansion or agin’ it, you should be on your knees praying that our elected “leaders” don’t get involved in it.  Or else things will only get worse.

Besides, shouldn’t Minority Leader McConnell be all for free enterprise with little government involvement?  Or is that just pablum he tosses around on the stump?  It seems big government is A-OK as long as he’s the big government interfering in the business decision of nine Big 12 schools.

The links to catch you up on all of this…

1.  Yesterday morning, everyone from Texas to West Virginia believed that WVU was set to join the Big 12 as soon as Missouri departed.

2.  Then came reports that WVU would get a Big 12 bid regardless of whether Mizzou left or not.  (We didn’t buy that one, but okay.)

3.  But then the Big 12 slowed their expansion plans when McConnell started lobbying the league to reconsider Louisville.  WVU sources who had been more than willing to talk about their move to the Big 12 on Tuesday suddenly went silent.  (Louisville was believed to be the Big 12′s top choice in expansion right up until WVU stormed past them this week.)

4.  It turns out McConnell — a U of L grad — had placed a phone call to Oklahoma president David Boren, himself a former senator.  And that’s when this happened.

Suddenly, West Virginia politicians had to protect their phony-baloney jobs, too.  Senator Jay Rockefeller said:

“The Big 12 picked WVU on the strength of its program — period.  Now the media reports that political games may upend that.  That’s just flat wrong.  I am doing and will do whatever it takes to get us back to the merits.”

Fellow West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin then took things further:


“If these outrageous reports have any merit — and especially if a United States Senator has done anything inappropriate or unethical to interfere with a decision that the Big 12 had already made — then I believe that there should be an investigation in the US Senate, and I will fight to get the truth.  West Virginians and the American people deserve to know exactly what is going on and whether politics is interfering with our college sports.”

Somebody give the Senator an harrumph.

5.  Naturally, some of this mess reportedly ties back to a rift between Oklahoma and Texas.  (And people wonder why Missouri wants to put that league in its rearview mirror.)  Oklahoma wants Louisville.  Texas wants West Virginia.

6.  Orangebloods.com – the Rivals site covering Texas — reported this morning that WVU is still the pick to replace Missouri.  (Of course that’s the Texas the viewpoint.)  The site also claims that it would take a “miracle” for the Big East to free WVU to leave immediately.  If that doesn’t happen, the Big 12 won’t free Mizzou to leave immediately.

Again I ask: How strong is the language in these contracts?  If the pact states that a school will remain in the league or pay an exit fee to leave, then paying an exit fee to leave should fulfill the contract.

7.  While the Longhorns are saying WVU is still the pick, The New York Times reported yesterday that the race between the Mountaineers and Cardinals was “too close to call.”

8.  And now Oklahoma State mega-booster T. Boone Pickens says he needs to be “convinced on West Virginia.”  His concerns about the school?

“Morgantown… as I remember, you’ve got to fly into Pittsburgh and then drive a couple hours.  That’s pretty isolated.”

Said the man whose school is in Stillwater, Oklahoma… an hour and 15 minutes outside of Tulsa.

9.  (UPDATE) Just to show how dysfunctional the Big 12 is, OU’s president said yesterday that he doesn’t understand how that league could create its own TV network when Texas already has a channel of its own and the Sooners plan to keep their Tier 3 rights, too.

10.  As The Charleston Gazette perfectly puts things today: “Big 12 brings the circus to town.”

Amen.  There is no greater joke in the current college landscape than the Big 12 conference.  Quick, tell me the last time you heard of a Big Ten or SEC or ACC booster weighing in on what their league should do.

Oklahoma and OSU are good together.  They should grab the remaining old Big 8 schools — Kansas, Kansas State, and Iowa State — and beg their way into something else, anything else.

Texas — and the remora who cling to them — should all head in another direction where the Longhorns can rule and their peasants can, well, be peasants.

And to think there are those who think Missouri and Texas A&M are making a mistake.  The only mistakes were made by the other Big 12 schools who didn’t crawl on their knees toward Mike Slive begging for entry into his cozy conference.

Regardless of what the Big 12 does next, it will be blow apart as soon as its much talked about media-rights deal ends in six years.  Adding Notre Dame would only bring in another poor fit with its own massive ego and its own way of doing things.  There would be Texas.  There would be Oklahoma and OSU.  There would be Notre Dame (in some sports).  And there would be “the rest.”  With everyone pulling in different directions.

Congrats to Mizzou for breaking free.  Even if it takes longer than we expected, the Tigers are making a very, very wise decision.

Now somebody tell McConnell, Manchin and Rockefeller to get back to work.

 


83 comments
Karen
Karen

OH..and at Duke, UNC, State, and Wake...their seasons are: Summertime Crusies to the Islands, Fall Festivals, Scenic Drives to WVA when the leaves turn, Day trips to Old Salem or Williamsburg, and Holiday parties...oh and soccar or lacrosse...this does not fit the SEC at all now does it?

Karen
Karen

OK...so, where does this leave ECU now....come on, you know the SEC could, with very little investment, get a huge BANG for there TV CONTRACT buck with ECU...plus..they'd gain a whole southern state without any ties or exit fees...and they don't come with that BIG ND ego..so they could be molded in the good ol SEC way....how about it? Give up on the other NC schools...they ALL are part of the University of NC school system and get their budgets from the real estate taxes paid by all citizens...but do not include Dukie or WF in that mix as they are PRIVATE. ECU has NO ties to anyone...

bgrif
bgrif

This is nothing new - politicians getting involved with realignment!! Virginia's governor did this to help Va. Tech get into the ACC!

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Just to throw some gasoline on the fire....

Did y'all know that David Boren is a member of Skull and Bones? Clearly this is all a part of OU's plan to dominate the world.

But seriously , I'm sick of politicians sticking their noses where they don't belong. It's bad enough we have to sit through nearly 365 days of incompetence and grand standing every year, but you'd figure they would at least be more interested in going on another lavish vacation on the taxpayer's dime before they got involved with conference realignment.

Red Thompson
Red Thompson

It still would be nice to know why the SEC passed on WVU. No one here really understands the SEC thought process. Please explain why WVU is so bad. There not the monster everyone makes they out to be. They are good people running a $22 million a year business in a small state. They have had quite of bit of success and ran a clean program. The SEC could not find a finer member.

Rob
Rob

John, this all mirrors my own thoughts exactly, except that I think politicians are far more loyal to money and power, then political parties. I actually think the meme on politicians voting party lines is mostly a mechanism to distract the people, because it moves the focus away from issues that actually matter.

Pudge
Pudge

Seriously, if I buy everybody a round, can we (WVU) just come on down to the SEC. These other conferences have issues.

lmhagood
lmhagood

Yes, the disfunction that is the Big 12 just keeps getting worse and worse. It's a nasty, shameful mix of egos and greed that will eventually explode. I am beyond happy, thankful and relieved that A&M is getting out of this mess and into a conference where the battle is on the field, not under the table. Good luck to Mizzou - I really hope you guys can get out too. 2012 cannot come soon enough!

Many thanks to Mr Sec for the continued, honest reporting and breakdowns - excellent job!

Bill
Bill

Until the bullies from Texas get their act together and treat the entire Big Howevermany fairly, the games will continue until everyone is either sick of it and leaves or there is Texas, Oklahoma and whoever else is desparate enough to be in their kingdom. Nebraska and Colorado had it right last year. The Nubs hated Texas for being a bully and left early. They were smarter for it.

Polititians will make the process event worse and McConnell needs go get on with business of governing.....oh I forget.....he does not know how.

DV80
DV80

Howdy,

And I thought there was high drama when a certain school said they were retaining their rights to legal action when we were about to leave. Wow! I am so glad our deal is done, and we are set to come onboard officially in July. All this mess just increases my gratitude. Hang in there Mizzou. Everything I have seen about the SEC shows they are THE example of a class act. I am convinced that they will stand by their word and every verbal commitment they have made. All the treatment we have recieved from them has been First Class in every way.

Gig'Em!

tradeassociation
tradeassociation

As a writer in a local paper stated, Jay Rockefeller is a member of the Senate Committee that has oversight authority over college sports (I think the commerce committee or something like that). Now of course, this DOES mean that we can ask Mr. Rockefeller why he is paying attention to college sports when he should have been minding the store when the banking/real estate/dot.com/corporate scandals/Iraq reconstruction debacles all combined to send our economy into its current depression. But hey, who cares about near 10% unemployment and the future of our economic and political system ... THIS IS FOOTBALL!

atl14dat
atl14dat

Spot On analysis concerning the respective Motto's Chris.

Couldn't have said it better.

mitchs3
mitchs3

Love the site, and thanks for the complete and balanced coverage. Mizzou fan, MU system grad and AU Dad, so very excited at the prospect of MU joining the SEC. Feeling a bit held hostage at the moment though. As you have pointed out, the problem is that this has become a circular problem: (1) the Big XII needs a 10th to remain compliant with the Fox TV contract, and unless it is BYU (whom they appear to have soured on) there isn't anyone jumping out who can come over for 2012, which leads to (2) potential lost revenue /open schedule dates for the remaining Big XII members, which leads to (3) potential claims against MU, which leads to (4) the dreaded 'legal entanglements' that the SEC won't allow, which completes the circle, and means MU is stuck in limbo until the Big XII figures out a 10th which can begin play next year. Ugh. Make it stop!

My question is, would Commissioner Slive be contacting Chuck Nienas and John Marinetto and trying to work something out, or will he stay out of this until MU and Big XII work it out?

Circus Is In Town
Circus Is In Town

Again, invite all 3....WVU, Cinn, and UL. No Big East conference, no exit fee, and immediate Big 12 entry. No 27 month waiting period. Syracuse is happy, Pitt is happy, the invited 3 are happy, Mizzou is happy.

Move on, nothing to see here ..... ...... :-/

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

If I was WVU, I would tell them to shove it. If you invited me one day and the next day you tell me, not so fast! Forget it. Classic OU/OSU v.s Texas.

Andy
Andy

How many teams can the Big East lose before there are no exit fees? I heard the Big XII could lose 6 or 7 teams the then the league is no longer exists and their are no exit fees. Does the Big East have the same scenario? If so, the Big XII could take WVU and Louisville and with the immediate departure of Pitt and Syracuse they may no longer have a legal status. That would expedite everything, including Missouri's departure to the SEC.

Bobo
Bobo

In opposing Texas Boren is offering a suckers bet with Louisville, lets hope the other schools don't buy in. The reason WVU was originally picked is because they present greater revenue from their TV partners. Lets show Texas, we will give them their six years and will take less money too!

skillet
skillet

The second line of the article is one of the best you've ever written. Absolutely 100% true and very said.

AGator
AGator

I've actually enjoyed reading all the conference realignment talk over the past couple months. It's more interesting than reading about Gator players getting arrested or quitting the team.

CBS Sports is reporting on their web site that, "McConnell and West Virginia senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin had all been in contact with at least Oklahoma president David Boren before Wednesday’s messy expansion revelations sources said. Manchin threatened a Senate investigation if it was proven McConnell was lobbying in Louisville’s favor against West Virginia."

I'm not sure I see a problem with politicians lobbying for an interest in their home state.

CBS Sports also says, "Boren – a political animal of the highest order – now is central to the expansion discussion. According to sources and at least one report, Oklahoma wants the 10-year grant of rights and Louisville for the Big 12. Texas wants a six-year grant of rights and West Virginia."

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Couldn’t agree with you more. The problem is that regardless if you’re conservative or liberal, most people get on board with government intervention when something hits close to home. Here’s hoping this is nothing more than Neinas type posturing and soundbites for the constituents.

houstonvol
houstonvol

The only conference that is a bigger joke than the B12 is the Big East. In the Big East you have two of the top remaining football programs fighting like chicks in a prison movie trying to get out of the conference and into the B12. All the while, you have the conference trying to attract new members and trying to convince people that the conference is stable. At least the B12 will exist as long as OU and TU are in the conference. It might be dysfunctional and unbalanced, but at least it will exist. The B12 will end up being the ego and others conference within 5 years.

chris
chris

John,

One question I have about this is what is the alternative to these political involvements. What should a school like WVU do? They cannot magically improve their academic standing, or the number of tvs in their state. They cannot change their location. Other than win games so as to seem more desirable - but I don't know how much that would even help.

This may be a crazy idea, but would it be better for them to go independent? With an open schedule they could try and strike up/improve rivalries with SEC teams - play UK, UT and at least one other school every year. They could strike up their own TV deals on local channels in DC, Pittsburgh, and maybe even Charlotte. If they do this by next year, they could even say to the SEC, hey we can help you even out the league with the introduction of TAMU....so we'll play all the teams they don't to provide a better amount of fairness.

Don't get me wrong, the monetary hit/bowl game appearance challenge would be large, but isn't this better than being in the Big East/Big XII. Maybe over 10 years, you ingratiate yourself enough to show the SEC that you do fit being in the conference after all.

Micheal Cummings
Micheal Cummings

I can see now why Texas A&M, Colo, Neb and Mizzou wants to leave Big Whatever, they cant get onboard with any decisions, it is a tug-of-war between OU and TU and everybody else is on the sidelines. I got a bad feeling that once that Big XII Bill of Rights is done, somebody is leaving that conference and I got a feel is going to be earlier than that.

James Hill
James Hill

John,

You got mad! Amen, brother!

I still think the PAC should have grabbed OU and OSU while they had a chance, and then watched the Big 12 blow up, and end its sorry existence. Actually the PAC may still get a chance, as the Big 12 is not out of the woods yet with OU and UT still playing games.

Thanks,
Jim

John Bragg
John Bragg

" If the pact states that a school will remain in the league or pay an exit fee to leave, then paying an exit fee to leave should fulfill the contract. "

But most of them DON'T say that. But most conferences--Big East, C-USA, MAC for Temple and UMass--specify that you pay an exit fee, AND give notice. 1 year for C-USA, 2 years for Temple and UMass, 27 months for the Big East. The Big 12 is an outlier, because apparently its bylaws are so poorly written it's not clear what the exit fee/notice requirement is.

Could a school break the contract, and decide to eat the lawsuit damages? Sure. But they're taking an unknown financial risk, because the exit fees in the bylaws are written based on the school leaving WITH notice given. Missouri's liability would not be capped at $26M. It could be more, it could be less. Missouri could be found liable for one home game's revenue each for six schools. They could be found liable for Fox reducing the value of the Big 12 contract.

University presidents aren't in the business of taking those kinds of risks. They are academic administrators, not land developers or bond traders. Some of it is politics--these are state schools, and they have to worry about being called into the State Capitol to explain just exactly why their decision led to a big legal judgement against them.

Now, from what I've seen on the Interwebs, the Mountain West pact gives schools the option to leave early and pay a higher exit fee. Air Force AD says they're not paying the $5M fee to leave in 2012--if they go Big East it will be in 2013 and they'll pay $1.5M. But the MWC is the exception. http://www.mwcconnection.com/2011/10/11/2483819/m...

Karen
Karen

oh and their 3 seasons are the following: SUMMER, ECU FOOTBALL, FISH'IN + DEER HUNTING..LOL

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Buying 'everybody' a round might get a little expensive.....

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

If the sec picked up the phone and it was UNC or Virginia Tech saying they wanted to join the sec and no other acc school wanted to join; I would bank money on you guys becoming the 16th team. Until then.................good luck.

mitchs3
mitchs3

MU fans are hoping that this Saturday's game will be an SEC Party/Big 12 Emancipation Festival in College Station. Hopefully somehow it still can get announced before then, but that is looking unlikely at the moment. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if keeping that from happening is part of the UT/Big 12 position here as it would be embarrassing.

Your statements about the SEC seem true, and are reassuring - lots of MU fans want this done not just because we're weary, but because until it's done, it's not done, and we don't want something coming along and screwing this up. There are so many open discussions of MU at this point even among SEC officials and Deaton's slip of "announc...." the other day that I am more convinced than ever that this is all just waiting on the removal of the legal entanglements; still want it done.

Good piece in the STL paper today on TAMU President Lofton and the parallels between the two schools if you hadn't seen it: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/art....

Hope the Tigers beat you Saturday, but look forward to being conference foes for years to come.

Secfan
Secfan

You seriously can't blame a WV Senator for speaking out after Senator Mitch McConnell meddled can you?

wcnine
wcnine

I don't think Mr. Slive will touch this with a ten foot pole. He probably will not comment untill Mizzou withdraws from the Big Bevo and officially applies to the SEC. In the meantime there is no telling what will be said by Nienas and Marinetto.

Jack
Jack

That's wishful thinking. The Big East keeps its BCS status through the 2013 season. Big East will simply reload & collect exit fees - there are many teams out there to take there place. None of the teams are willing to break the 27 month waiting period either, as that would cost upward of 20 million.

mitchs3
mitchs3

I had this same thought/question. As I phrased it on a different site, if the Big XII went ahead and offered WVU, Louisville and Cincinnati, with Pitt and Syracuse already on the way out to the ACC, would those schools, being a majority of the BE football schools, be able to just outvote UConn, Rutgers and USF and say we're dissovling the football conference without exit fees or waiting periods? Or do the basketball schools also get to vote?

No one had answered on the other site either.

Of course, this also presumes that the rest of the Big XII could talk UT into going back to 12, which they seem reluctant to do. And Bevo does what Bevo wants.

John Bragg
John Bragg

The Big East also has basketball schools who (aside from Notre Dame) aren't going anywhere.

WVradio-listener
WVradio-listener

Senator Joe Manchin made it crystal clear today, on the radio, that he would have had no problem if Mitch McConnell would have lobbied for his school beforehand. His beef is that McConnell acted after an agreement, hotel arrangements, and a presser had been scheduled.

skillet
skillet

I see no problem with poiticians lobbying. But if the decision had been made AS A CONFERENCE, Boren should have supported that decision and respectfully told the Senator 'I'm sorry, but the conference has made this decision and I'm supporting it 100%, have a nice day.'

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

chris...

The problem with going independent isn't the football... finding 12 opponents a year could be done (though not easily). The real trick would be finding contests for all the other sports on campus. Plus, cutting deals with local channels won't bring in the big bucks needed for survival.

WVU is stuck. Same as Boise State, Cincinnati, East Carolina, etc. All have many things going for them. But with expansion being driven by television and with presidents making the decisions, population (related to TV households) and academics (still matter). Name brand also carries a lot of weight.

The wild thing is this: Up until this most recent wave of expansion, TV didn't drive the bus. If it had, Arkansas and South Carolina might not be in the SEC today.

John

James Westfall
James Westfall

Why would the PAC want Oklahoma? Based on Boren's behavior, they're just as much of a headache as Texas.

Old Sarge
Old Sarge

Missouri is in a different place than that. The vague Big 12 agreement that Missouri "verbally" committed to included A&M in the conference with it. Any lawyer worth a dime should be able to easily argue an early exit and reduced fees based on the devaluation of the conference by the departure of A&M, one of the top 3 schools in the Big 12. The value of the future tv contracts and conference revenue are already impossible to determine and thus an unknown with regards to damages and in turn very negotiable.

buddha22
buddha22

I agree about the whole not done until...Show Me!

DV80
DV80

Howdy mitchs3,

Thanks for the reply.

Yeah, the article is a good read. Thanks for pointing it out. Aggies, myself included, were on an emotional roller coaster August and September. Like you, we realized the deal didn't exist until it was done, and we had nail bitting moments. Also, like you, I want the official announcement to come before the game so we can celebrate the move together during the game.

Well gametime is war, and I hope the Ags win. I too look forward to being SEC brothers with y'all. If you're coming to College Station, I hope you have a good and safe trip and visit (other than getting beat in the game;).

Gig'Em!

tradeassociation
tradeassociation

Ummm ... an alum of a university calling a buddy of his to look out for his alma mater is one thing. Rockefeller threatening the power of the Commerce Committee is another.

buddha22
buddha22

Texas and OU want to stop at 10, don't want 12 to dilute $$$ share or "force" a championship game.

tradeassociation
tradeassociation

No.

1. The idea "we do not owe exit fees because the conference no longer exists" was a scurrilous tactic proposed by Texas, Oklahoma and company last year (in addition to their attempting to blame their own long-negotiated decision to exit on Missouri). It was always legally dubious.

2. There is no "football conference" to dissolve. It is an athletics conference which existed before they started playing football, and will continue to exist if they stop playing football. So even if it wasn't legally dubious, it is totally inapplicable here, because the conference will still exist with respect to basketball and its other sports.

Bubba Gump
Bubba Gump

There will be some pretty wealthy basketball schools !

Jamie Thornton
Jamie Thornton

yeah, every report i've read on it says the presidents were all ok with WVU at their meeting on Monday. Then the Kentucky senator( who is great friends with Boren) made a phone call. That changed everything. Imagine one day you're told, you're in. You will be official once missouri leaves. Then a senator calls and that schools gets it's friend OSU and Texas Tech on the phone and they say, not so fast my friend! You get a call the next day that we're not expanding right now. You're out. Not a good move. Berry Tramel has a great article on this today. You should look it up.

chris
chris

I'm not saying its a great move. But it seems at least plausible to me to drop all sports except football and men's basketball, and all the requisite title 9 women's sports, cut your athletic budget to bare bones and try to eke out a popularity in nearby major cities, maybe even by playing in them repeatedly and having fewer true home games. No one's moving to WV, but if they can jump from 4th to 2nd in the DC area, and 6th to third in Charlotte, they will seem much more attractive.

But all of this would be predicated on the same logic driving the next expansion.

John Bragg
John Bragg

The value of future TV contracts isn't impossible to determine--it's pretty easy to determine. ESPN has a deal with the Big 12 for X years for $Y million per year. Fox Sports has a deal with the Big 12 for $M million per year for N years. Pretty easy math to calculate the possible top end of the damages for voiding the TV contract.

But I think that Missouri, the SEC and the Big 12 will work out a deal where Missouri plays one more year in the Big 12, pays little to no exit fee, and goes to the SEC in 2013 with the Big 12's agreement.

Statesman
Statesman

Missouri never committed to the new agreement. A&M president says in todays St. Louis paper that he agreed to the Big12 agreement based on the information that day. He said that he never gave unconditional commitment because Nebraska, Colorado, & Missouri refused to commit. This should clear Missouri from that agreement.

mitchs3
mitchs3

Well, the "web vendor" tried to show you.

If this time the Big 12 actually announces WVU for 2012 today, I hope MU/SEC goes ahead and announces as well. Probably Monday though.

goLonghorns
goLonghorns

Can you please provide a source or link for where Jay Rockefeller threatened the power of the Commerce Committee. I have read every article I can concerning this and have not read this. The facts from what I gather are that Senator Mitch McConnell, when asked, pledged not to get involved in conference alignment as he knew little about it and it was not Congress business. Then, after the Big 12 & WVU officials agreed on each other, McConnell went against his words and began making phone calls. Now, McConnell will not comment on the situation.

AGator
AGator

Good points. If there's a problem it's with the Big 12 officials and what they may have said, not the politicians.

I like the way CBS Sports finished their article, "Adding to the incongruity, Missouri is supposedly leaving the conference because of instability. West Virginia/Louisville want in because of stability. Go figure."

I think those schools might be better off staying in the Big East.

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