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Beebe disputes new TV deals for Big 12

Perhaps the biggest news coming out commissioner Dan Beebe‘s press conference this afternoon — other than the fact that Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Baylor and Iowa State are officially the rest of the Big 12’s biznatches — is the fact that there is no new television in place for the Big 12.

In the wake of Texas recommitting to the league Monday, multiple reports had a tweaked television deal paying Texas upwards of $25 million — and other schools at least doubling what they’ve been receiving — as the linchpin in keeping the Big 12 intact.

Beebe said earlier today that there is no new TV deal from either FOX or ESPN/ABC; rather, the conference was assured — with those assurances being relayed to all ten schools — by various “consultants that we are in a tremendous position to reach agreements to put us on par with anyone in the country.”  Additionally, there is no signed agreement that will keep the conference together.  Instead, Beebe is taking them all at their word that they will remain true to the conference.

(About that Arizona oceanfront property, Mr. Beebe…)

Beebe also attempted to dispel the notion that UT held all of the cards in this situation.

“Texas has a lot of influence,” he said. “But I think you have to also look at Texas A&M and Oklahoma. They were hotly pursued by a number of conferences. Their value, based on their marketplace, history, were desirable. Frankly, they could have left for a guaranteed situation.

“One of the misnomers is this all about money. They are committed to this conference for more reasons than that.”


As for the five schools mentioned in the opening of this post?  All five agreed to give up their share of penalties Colorado and Nebraska will have to pay, forking that money over instead to, mostly, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Oh yeah, we can see this newly-configured Big 12 having long-term viability.  Yep.

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  1. wavoka says: Jun 15, 2010 2:01 PM

    The Big 12 dies next week when OU and A&M finally say F it and bolt for different conferences after the “assurances” fall through.

  2. Tha Hamburger says: Jun 15, 2010 2:31 PM

    What a joke…This will all become a he said she said kind of deal very soon.
    I give the conference as long to survive as I do Lindsay Lohan’s liver…
    2 years.

  3. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 15, 2010 2:40 PM

    Wow, Beebe must be able to sell ice-cubes to eskimos. I was wondering who was stupid enough to throw that kind of lettuce at a sinking ship, and evidentally, the answer is nobody, yet. How do you get TV execs to buy that your product is on par with the SEC, Big Ten, et al, when you just lost two institutions, one of which, Nebraska, still having some name recognition and success. Do the rest of the teams have an out clause if the TV deal doesn’t come through? And why is there no Oklahoma network, if Texas is so important? Have fun becoming the next Notre Shame, longhorn fans.

  4. mikehoncho says: Jun 15, 2010 2:48 PM

    Tha Hamburger
    I think that is too long. Lindsay’s liver will be crashed in 6 months.

  5. drozman says: Jun 15, 2010 3:09 PM

    The 5 schools had to give all the money from penalties to TX, OU, and A&M…what about OSU? This doesn’t end well for this conference. I can’t see anyway a network pays for 3 decent games from a 10 team conference with no championship game. Is there also a stipulation that says Texas or OU will receive the BCS bid, regardless of standings? Does KU get all the conference Basketball dollars?

  6. teke184 says: Jun 15, 2010 3:15 PM

    I think Lohan’s liver will survive longer than SWC 2: Electric Boogaloo will.
    Since Beebe’s first step was to screw over the 5 schools completely loyal to the conference in favor of OU, A&M, and Texas, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mizzou, Kansas, and K-State looking to find a better deal elsewhere ASAP.
    The MWC might not seem like such a step down as long as they get an even share instead of nothing and being told to like it.

  7. grandavenue says: Jun 15, 2010 4:00 PM

    If you want to make people think you are better for losing two of your strongest North programs, including one of your “Big 3”, JUST MAKE UP NUMBERS!
    No TV Deal is actually on the table, but that’s not what is being said! Of course a conference increases in value if they lose two major programs, lose a nationally televised (which was 2nd on most watched last season), AND you lose 1 non conference game for each school per year. Naturally BETTER is what I would describe that as.
    Genius. Utterly poetic. Just make s**t up!
    Goddammit! It’s so simple and easy.

  8. magsdad1 says: Jun 15, 2010 4:11 PM

    Tick, tock, tick, tock…..

  9. DonkeyRider says: Jun 15, 2010 4:29 PM

    The fact that the forgotten five are giving up their share of the CU and NU penalty money has to be a sign that this is a one year fix at best. It seems that the powers that be that have interceded in order to take their time with forming the 4 super conferences that seem to be inevitable at this point. However unlikely it seems perchance the Big 12 (more like Texas and to a lesser extent OU and the 8 little lap dogs) have a plan to pull in 4-6 more teams in the next year and form the first super conference. But I doubt anything gets done as long as Beebe is in charge. R.I.P. Big 12!

  10. Steve W. says: Jun 15, 2010 4:36 PM

    Yeah, the Big 12 is still in a precarious situation. If the Big 10 decides on a second round of expansion and offers Mizzou the opportunity to join up, then despite how loyal to the Big 12 they claim they are, they’re gone in a second. I also don’t see where Bebee’s projections of future revenue are coming from. Only one of the TV contracts is up real soon, and while the success of UT and OU on the field (well, not OU this past year, but recently) would figure to increase their revenue from a new deal, the loss of Nebraska (storied program with national following) and Colorado (Denver market) should hurt the Big 12’s bargaining position. True, there will be less teams to split the money with, but the loss of those teams also means the loss of a championship game, which also reduces revenue. As for everyone but UT, the notion that they can double their revenue is a pipe dream. By agreeing to let UT do their own TV channel, they doomed any chance of putting together a successful Big 12 network. So, don’t expect that to be filling the coffers for anyone but UT.
    Let’s face it, this isn’t a renegotiated deal, this is signing over your life savings to keep someone from burning down your house. There were a handful of teams that were terrified that they were about to be left out in the cold, desperately looking for a new (and less prestigious) conference to join. These schools signed over a chunk of their meager revenue to the wealthiest program in the nation simply so that they wouldn’t be left homeless. Yeah, Texas is a real savior alright.

  11. ShaKey says: Jun 15, 2010 5:12 PM

    JT: Lost in the smoke and mirrors, how does the contract with Cowboys stadium work now that the Big X (as the rules stand now) won’t have a championship game?
    On a lighter note: I want to start selling bottles labeled “Beebe’s Snake Oil”. Just need a bunch of Longhorns to pee in bottles…..

  12. UDsigep99 says: Jun 15, 2010 6:33 PM

    I think it would be poetic justice if Missouri, KU, K State, Baylor and IA State told UT, OU, OSU and TAMU to F off and leave the remnants of the Big XII…
    Why does the Big T(welv)en work as weel as it does? Becasue all of the schools share the wealth, not one or two schools being money-grabbing imbeciles (yeah, I’m looking at you, Texas)…. You don’t think OSU, U of M, or PSU could try to be greedy and be able to command the Big Ten to give them a majority of the revenue? No, because they realize that when one or two win, they ALL win… That is why even this watered-down incarnation of the Big XII is destined to fail!!!

  13. Brat Favre says: Jun 15, 2010 8:15 PM

    Just kiddin JT. We joke cuz we love. And yeah I’m pissed that KU decided to sign up again for another stint as texas’s bitch.

  14. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 15, 2010 8:15 PM

    You are absolutely right about the Big 10 sharing money. The SEC does it as well. Of course, they are making it hand over fist, which might help, but still, neither conference has a jackass (yes, you Longhorns) pulling the cart.

  15. John Taylor says: Jun 15, 2010 9:16 PM

    @ Brat Favre: I had a commenter wish death upon my three-year-old daughter when I mentioned in a post she was sick, and I went ahead and approved it. I have a thick skin. :-)
    It’s all good, and I completely understand the passion of college football fans for their school.

  16. 78Lion says: Jun 15, 2010 9:34 PM

    By the time any penalty payments are made, if they ever are, Texas won’t be in the conference to collect.

  17. burntorangehorn says: Jun 15, 2010 10:43 PM

    Dan Beebe has the business prowess of an underpant gnome.
    Texas will endure another season or three of sharing its own deserved revenue with other schools, and that’s only to give the new Longhorn Network time to solidify. This could well be a move toward indie status.

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