The Big Ten is set to close on a television deal that will pay the league a quarter of a billion dollars for half its network/cable rights over six years. If you’re the Big 12, this is concerning news for you. The Big Ten set the Big 12 on its current course of dysfunction and indecision by grabbing Nebraska in the summer of 2010, and is a ubiquitous threat to do it again.
So, what is the state of affairs in the Big 12? They’re still debating whether or not to hold a championship game, nearly a year and a half after the issue first came to boil.
One would think that the issue, one way or the other, would have a clear resolution by now — or at least by this summer. But apparently not.
And, by the way, the Big 12’s coaches have nearly unanimously spoken out against a title game. It’s an extra week of work for them, and an extra chance for the conference’s top team to take on a loss.
The research, apparently, shows that an extra win — or “data point,” as we’re calling them now — would benefit the conference in the eyes of the College Football Playoff selection committee. But, that’s the thing. You have to win the game. As 1996 Nebraska, 1998 Kansas State, 2001 Texas, 2003 Oklahoma and 2007 Missouri can attest, winning is far from guaranteed.
Back to the Big Ten, Kansas State president Kirk Schulz‘s departure for Washington State has put Oklahoma president David Boren at the top of the heap as chairman of the Big 12 Board of Directors.
This is the same Boren that’s been the league’s rabble rouser on the expansion front, and the wild card that most agree is most likely to bolt for the Big Ten if things don’t go his way.
A strange choice on the surface, but at least the Big 12 decided something.