fighting muskie wrote:
Big 12 backwardness has everything to do with Texas. Don't give me this line about how the Big 12 model is inherently better because they play a full round robin. The Big 12 champ emerges as the best school out of 10. 3 of the 4 other conference champs are the best from a group of 14! That's 40% more teams and until 2017 they don't have to play a title game. On top of that, factor in that in the 14 member leagues the Big Ten and SEC the schools have equitable revenue sharing and are taking in for more money and can afford better facilities and attract better players and coaches. The Big 12 model is skewed in favor of its big name, big dollar programs and Texas has far more resources than everyone else. The others only placate Texas because if Texas leaves then the Big 12 power conference.
This is essentially the equivalent of reorganizing Major League Baseball and putting the New York Yankees in a division with AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, Syracuse Chiefs, Rochester Red Wings, and Buffalo Bisons but not have any revenue sharing and letting the Yankees make their own media deal. Meanwhile all the other divisions have 7 real MLB teams with MLB budgets. The Yankees then play a bunch of games against mediocre, low budget competition all year and then in October declaring that the Yankees deserve to be a playoff team because they have a great winning percentage.
In the Big 12 model the poor schools are going to continue to get poorer and put weaker and weaker products on the football field.
Fighting muskie, some of you fans are starting to appear like sour grapes.
The Big 12 just announced each school will receive 30 million plus for tier 1 rights keeping the league the same as the mighty Big Ten and better yet over the ACC and Pac 12.
Granted the Big 12 was the first league that discussed a conference wide network long before the BTN idea surfaced. It was Nebraska as one of the Big 12 schools that did not want it and latter did and is now the Big Ten problem. Nebraska fans are paying a huge price for those decisions and for the revenue from the BTN and losing many 100 year rivalries chasing something they should have supported in the first place.
The Big 12 is doing something right by business standards as many of you desperately want your school in this league.
Everyone needs to calm down because the Big 12 Presidents are the ones that have to make a decision on expansion and not just Texas.
The data provided to the Presidents has got all the information those folks need to make an accurate decision on expansion and it has nothing to do with the University of Texas stopping any thing.
My guess is the Big 12 Presidents understand they need 12 schools for perception reasons and just need to determine which two schools are the best choice. The data most likely has geographical comparisons, football and basketball SOS comparisons, TV ratings projections, and future division alignment comparisons.
Until the Big 12 President announce this summer that expansion is off the table this year, everyone including fans of schools wanting in the Big 12 should just calm down and have a little patience.
This is sign of strength in the Big 12 and not weakness in not having to rush into anything.