if the network think there is money in the ACC network, they wouldn't delay it with a year for live streaming
they are trying to minimize their loss
if they think there is money in a big xii network, there would be one
there isn't one
look at the LHN; it is losing money even in Texas, where UT is strongest
i cannot see how any tv execs would think there is money in a big xii cable network
but they might be interested in just a live streaming channel
which make regional media market less significant and national appeal/brand awareness more so
Agreed on conference networks potential to make huge revenue. With ESPN sponsoring the SEC, we really do not know for sure how much the network would truly make if the SEC had taken the Pac 12 approach. I believe the Big 12 will defiantly create a network that is most likely going to be digital. There are benefits to having most of your tier 3 rights on the same network for unity of a league if nothing else and for marketing the league.
Expansion is going to be more about extending the GOR and the primary reason the Big 12 is expanding because the ACC network deal was more about GOR.
The only reason to extend GOR if the TV contact for tier 1 is changed and extended which most likely will be the case because FOX and ESPN value tier 1 type of inventory.
The best choice would be for 12 schools, however, it may take four schools to get the desired balance.
If you take UConn and BYU for 12 and extend the GOR until 2030 when the LHN deal is completed, you get a national type of appeal.
The only issue with 12 is getting the right mix of schools. It may take 14 schools to get your desired mix of schools to make that national appeal.