SEC Expansion: Missouri abstains from Big 12 votes on expansion and TV rights

The Big 12 Conference announced some changes today. The conference invited Texas Christian University (TCU) and announced an agreement on a six-year grant of television rights; however, the real story is that Missouri abstained from voting both actions. The official Big 12 press releases are included below.

First, the Big 12 authorized expansion. The release: “Acting upon a unanimous recommendation of its expansion subcommittee, the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors has authorized negotiations with Texas Christian University to become the Conference’s 10th member, and instructed interim commissioner Chuck Neinas to immediately begin discussions with TCU.

“The action of the Board was without dissent. On the advice of legal counsel, The University of Missouri did not participate in the vote.” (Source)

Next, the Big 12 authorized a grant of television rights, and the conference limited the appearance of high school football games, highlights and scores on the Longhorn Network. Here is the release: “The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors agreed to a formal grant of television rights for a minimum of six years during a teleconference today. The approval by the Board was unanimous; however the University of Missouri did not participate in the vote on the advice of legal counsel.

“Interim commissioner Chuck Neinas was authorized by the Board to immediately distribute legal documents for institutional execution. An earlier vote related to equal revenue distribution becomes effective upon the formal assignment of rights by all institutions. The Board did not set a deadline but indicated a desire to expedite the approval process.

“The grant of rights was included in a joint resolution proposed by both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas. In addition to the grant of television rights for at least a six-year period, the proposal included agreements related to high school content and access to football games for institutional third-tier telecast packages.

“Specifics of the resolution included an agreement that during the term of the grant of rights: there will be no changes related to current or future primary television rights agreements or Conference bylaws, rules or policies related to member institution branded outlet rights; Conference bylaws will reflect that no member institution branded outlet will show high school games or highlights, noting that it is permissible pursuant to NCAA interpretation to use scores, standings and statistics of high school games; and, that additional games beyond the one member institution retained football game for telecast purposes must be approved by both institutions and both Conference telecast partners.” (Source)