Big 12 Expansion: Six-Year Media Deal Announced, For Real This Time

That six-year Big 12 media rights deal the Oklahoma Sooners announced weeks ago as doneIt's finally done now. With the Missouri Tigers reportedly on the fence about whether to stick around or bolt for the SEC, this should be considered a good sign that Mizzou will remain in the Big 12, but we'll find out more once the school's board of curators meets on Tuesday. As always, you never know!

Either way, Oklahoma and Texas are chaining themselves together for the next six years. The nuts and bolts of the deal:

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.    

This is also likely a bad sign for the Boise St. Broncos, who were reportedly stepping up their efforts to join the Big 12. Mizzou sticking around means one fewer spot Boise State could inherit.

As far as where the Big 12 goes from here, the same crop of suspects still applies: BYU, Louisville, Cincinnati, West Virginia, TCU and so forth.

For more, visit Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God.

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