Today the Big 12 announced a revenue plan that grants Tier 1 and Tier 2 rights to the Big 12 for six years. Revenue would be equally divided from these sources. Of course, there is no mention of what will happen to the Longhorn Network.
The announcement prompts more questions.Without addressing the Longhorn Network, will this make the conference appealing? With the Missouri Board of Curators meeting set for Tuesday, will this be enough to keep Mizzou from bolting to the Southeastern Conference (SEC)? Can anything be done about the Longhorn Network? Or will the Big 12 always be the Little 12?
Here is the Big 12 release:
The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors announced adoption of a position to equally distribute all conference related distributable revenue to include Tier I and II football television, men’s basketball television and NCAA men’s basketball tournament revenues. This action becomes effective after each member institution commits a grant of rights to the Conference for its Tier I and II television rights for at least six years.
It is recognized by the Board that each member is directed by institutional policy relative to pursuing its grant of rights and that process will commence expeditiously at the institutional level.
The Board is encouraged by the number of institutions indicating interest in the Big 12, which reflects positively on the standing of the Conference within intercollegiate athletics. The Board also looks forward to considering the recommendation of the expansion committee regarding future membership options. (source)