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TCU to gain equal revenue sharing in Big 12 over time

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The Big 12 Board of Directors agreed by unanimous vote (minus Missouri) last week to grant the first and second-tier television rights to the conference, effectively employing am equal payout policy.

But now that TCU will become the 10th member of the Big 12, the question becomes how the Horned Frogs will be incorporated into that policy.

Turns out,┬áit’s not going to be completely equal right away.

Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that TCU will “gradually slide into the conference’s revenue-sharing structure over the next four years. TCU will earn 50 percent of the normal $17 million payout in the 2012-13 academic year, 67 percent in 2013-14, 84 percent in 2014-15, and 100 percent in 2015-16.”

The grant of television rights is effective for six years. Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas has already made the Big 12 appear more stable — at least from the outside looking in — over the past couple weeks than it has been over the past year, but this is still a conference that nearly collapsed for two straight years.

At any rate, TCU appears nothing short of thrilled to be a part of the Big 12, so moving the Frogs in gradually into the revenue sharing stream doesn’t look to be a problem.

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11 Responses to “TCU to gain equal revenue sharing in Big 12 over time”
  1. vegasrobert says: Oct 12, 2011 2:54 PM

    NE, UT, CO — they all agreed to a gradual climb to 100% and none are fully vested yet in their new conferences.

    TCU’s gradual climb to 100% share is normal.

  2. Ben Kercheval says: Oct 12, 2011 2:58 PM


  3. lottsmissingfinger says: Oct 12, 2011 3:22 PM

    Vegasrobert, Thanks for supplying ALL of the relevant information and not just allowing this to become another ‘blame UT’ forum almost required by the cherry-picking of headlines so common now.

  4. bender4700 says: Oct 12, 2011 3:50 PM

    Why is Texas fan so damn defensive. Not once has Ben written an article that says that Texas is to blame, or was once malicious in his tone with the article.

    Get over yourselves.

    Why does Texas have to be the center of the conversation? You are not that important in the grand scheme of things. Your team sucks, the Pac-12 told you to shove it, and you had to raid the MWC to replace one of the 3, maybe 4, teams that would rather play somewhere else than deal with your ego.

    Yes, Texas is a great program, but every article that includes the word “Texas” is NOT an attack on your precious team.

    Stop filling this sight with obvious ignorance and self-centered comments.

    Every story has furthered the concept that the Big XII is on thin ice. Not one person can honestly say that it’s all on Texas’s shoulders. Not one person is trying to.

    If you can’t understand that, just stop speaking. It really drives, normal, smart individuals nuts when we have to hear how Texas is being blamed and all this other non-sense.

    This isn’t even a negative article. It’s just telling us that TCU, like Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas A&M, will not get 100% out of the Big XII that they are due for a few years. Why is that in anyway a negative slam on Texas?

    Seriously. The egos of some of you UT fans is just baffling. How are you functional enough to type, let along spell correctly.

    Good article Ben, sorry some UT jerk has to turn it around to an article about Texas.

    Seriously Lotts, in what way did Ben imply “blame UT”?

    Sorry folks, but people that think they are ALWAYS under attack are just pathetic.

  5. bender4700 says: Oct 12, 2011 3:54 PM

    If you want Pro-ESPN articles, read

    Several ESPN writers have said that ESPN will definitely see Texas in a different light thanks to the new huge TV deal.

    You are all for the largest sports network being pro Texas but one article about fact based events is suddenly a “blame ut” article?!

    I like Texas. I like the importance they have in College football history and presence. I like what they represent as a program, pride in their home grown talent. But some of the fans are the stupidest people I’ve ever encountered. But some, are pretty smart. Despite his bias, Burnt is a pretty smart dude.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Oct 12, 2011 4:29 PM

    That sucks. Either your a full member of the conference or you’re not.

  7. lottsmissingfinger says: Oct 12, 2011 4:35 PM

    Bender4700, the NE, Utah and Colorado information was provided in the comments. That the gradual climb has become standard is not mentioned in the actual article.

    As a UT alum, I have disagreed with several recent decisions. The attempt to air any HS content on TLN and the intimation that the LHN will not abide a critical look at any facet of the athletics program being two. Ridiculous.

    I have become more and more frustrated over the past few months by the seemingly infinite number of ‘kick UT out of the Big 12/it’s all DeLo$$ fault’ posts every time any article is posted that even relates to conference instability or inequality.

  8. burntorangehorn says: Oct 12, 2011 4:42 PM

    lottsmissingfinger, where did you hear that the network would not allow critical coverage? That’s taking a bit of license in your interpretation in the quality control review.

  9. lottsmissingfinger says: Oct 12, 2011 4:51 PM

    I usually try not to get involved in any of the inflammatory nonsense but I do believe Kercheval should have included examples of deals received by other universities changing conferences to place the TCU deal in context. Without that, the headline and the article do seem to imply that TCU is receiving a raw deal.

    Also, not sure if it’s LHN or TLN (like 97% of the country – I do not have the Longhorn Network yet).

  10. TxGrown says: Oct 12, 2011 8:09 PM

    “Stop filling this sight with obvious ignorance and self-centered comments.”
    You might consider taking you own advice.

  11. frogsfan says: Oct 12, 2011 9:27 PM

    So we get 50% of $17 mil 1st year. That’s $8.5 mil.

    The entire TV revenue for the MWC last year – $8.5 mil!

    In addition, we begin annual competition against elite programs such as UT & OU.

    I think TCU is ok with the this progressive sliding scale to 100%.

    After all, we don’t want any unfair advantages to be too competitive too soon! (This last sentence is written in jest everyone!!!)

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