It looks as though the Big XII might finally be getting that TV contract they’ve so desperately wanted. It’s being reported that the Big XII would more than triple it’s revenue over the current TV contract it has (a crappy one), receiving more than $60 million per year from Fox (up from the $20 million per year it is currently at). Fox has touched base with 8 current teams in the league, trying to establish some type of conference-only channel designed specifically for football games, up to 60 basketball games and Olympic sports. This, however, would not include Texas, who already has a deal with ESPN, or Oklahoma, who is working on getting their own network.
I, for one, am all for this deal. For a league that was on the verge of collapsing a year ago, it looks as though Fox has come to the rescue, offering a deal that looks to be a “no-brainer.” It is odd that the 2 ‘big boys’ of the conference, Texas and Oklahoma, would not be part of this channel, making it somewhat interesting as to what the channel might be named (can it be called the Big XII network without UT & OU?), but at least we know the league is alive and that 2 years from now, they aren’t going to be having the same problems they faced a year ago. All-in-all, it looks like a win-win for the Big XII.