CBS Sports reported earlier this week that ESPN is considering dropping out of media deal negotiations with the Pac-12, following a more than year-long will they, or won’t they, saga.
From CBS Sports: “According to sources who have speculated on what a form a Pac-12 deal could find, the league’s Tier I content would likely be categorized as a minimum of two games a week for a rights-holder across a typical 14-week season. Those 28 games may be valued at approximately $200 million, an average of $7 million per game. It has been assumed that an approximate $300 million rights deal might be needed to keep some Pac-12 schools from jumping to the Big 12. If a Tier I deal is closed at that valuation, the league would need to seek at least $100 million for the estimated 47-50 remaining games in the Pac-12 inventory (based on the league remaining at 10 teams.)”
Of course, the chaos can be traced back to the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners opting to leave the Big 12 for the SEC – a move that was largely forced by market forces.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Texas softball team aims to tune out crowd at Tennessee super regional
Austin American-Statesman: Golden: Can Texas live up to the Vegas hype and win 10 games?
Inside Texas: Four-down territory Q&A: Chris Jackson, Ja’Tavion Sanders, 2024 front-seven, Sark’s recruiting involvement
Inside Texas: 99 days until Texas Football: A look at Sydir Mitchell ahead of his debut season
Inside Texas: On Texas Football: Projecting the 2023 season for three Longhorn defensive linemen
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
No. 20 Texas eliminated from Big 12 Tournament with 6-0 loss to Kansas State
247Sports: Four-star OT Michael Uini talks final six
247Sports: Texas DL priority Alex January talks recruiting process ahead of official visits
Inside Texas: More than 20 four-stars in the 2025 class will visit Texas June 3rd
Inside Texas: On Texas Football: The latest on five-star EDGE Collin Simmons
Inside Texas: Thursday recruiting intel: Fall OV’s, 2025’s headed to Austin
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Dallas Morning News: Big 12 baseball tournament: Game times, matchups for area schools and more
Frogs O’ War: Baseball: TCU thrashes Kansas in second round of Big 12 tournament
Frogs O’ War: TCU football QB commit Hauss Hejny selected for Elite 11 Finals
The Smoking Musket: JJ Wetherholt named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year
Wide Right & Natty Lite: Gary Barta leaving University of Iowa to pursue career as full-time lawsuit defendant
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: The Washington Commanders might be forced to change their team name AGAIN
SB Nation: Jets GM Joe Douglas predicted NFL Draft results before they happened
SB Nation: Bryce Young’s passes are already batted down in OTAs, and oh god it’s starting
NEWS ACROSS LONGHORN NATION AND BEYOND
- Texas softball begins their super regionals versus the Tennessee Volunteers today at 3pm Central.
start the countdown to first pitch https://t.co/00jeUmZ64r#HookEm pic.twitter.com/oiL883Y34Q— Texas Softball (@TexasSoftball) May 26, 2023