“Apparently this is part of a mass e-mail you sent to multiple Big 12 institutions. Please be informed the Conference office will not be responding to your inquiry.” – Bob Burda
You’re darn right, Assistant Commissioner – Communications Bob Burda. My form email to you was sent to multiple institutions. Ten of them in fact. It served as a litmus test, and your response to it smells like something Najeh Davenport would drop in a closet.
First, my initial email:
I hope this email finds you well.
Listen, had some questions, and I’m hoping you can help me out.
Last summer, when the Big 12 narrowly avoided eradication, the major crux of Commissioner Beebe’s resolution centered around a proposed television package that would help increase revenues for the remaining Big 12 schools. Many people wrongly took off with that information, claiming it was a major save that might not only keep the Big 12 together for the short term, but possibly strengthen it to the point that the conference could even be a player in power conference talks when they were revisited in the future.
However, since that time, there has been little or no information (or rumor for that matter) coming forth about any details with a new television package and the Big 12, aside from Texas forging ahead with its own network. That’s news to me since my impression is that since Big 12 TV talks are not set to begin in earnest until sometime next spring, other schools may be uneasy about Texas moving on its own agenda – a major sticking point last summer for the schools that left….and those left behind.
That said, the apparently impending
So, my questions then are for Commissioner Beebe and you.
Where do things stand as he knows them currently? Has there been any recent dialogue with AD’s concerning the rumored Big 12 and/or
And finally, if not, what is the mood within Big 12 circles these days? Are all 10 schools still just as committed to one another as they supposedly were a few months ago?
I really appreciate the help, and if you don’t want to be quoted, that’s absolutely fine though I’d still like to talk by phone or email… I’m working on a story where things are and any insight I could get would be hugely beneficial. At least a timeline of when talks are scheduled in the spring?
You saw Burda’s answer.
So, here it is Big 12 fans – Texas, pending a Board of Regents vote, is ready to let fly with its own television network in 2011, reported by Orangebloods.com to be worth nearly $30 million next year and $32 million the season after when double-dipped with the current Big 12 Fox Sports Net deal.
It isn’t a shock. The other schools were told
The Big 12 members agreed (were forced) to let Texas form its baby, but only, as insiders tell me, because they were led to believe Texas would form a third-tier package worth a few extra million – while using its weight to bolster a new deal for the Big 12 that would benefit the other nine schools.
Even as recently as Oct. 25, Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said the school stood to only pocket approximately $3M per year for its efforts…with the hope that it would earn more in the future.
All that effort for a little more than half of Mack Brown’s reported $5.1M salary in 2010?
Instead, like it has done from the beginning,
And, the conference has no response to any of this other than to hint that they are upset I dare ask any of the schools about any of this.
It is complete and utter insanity to think
It is complete and utter insanity to think the remaining school presidents and athletic directors, especially those who had a legitimate chance to leave and secure big-time futures, threw their entire departments at a simple proposal that, according to several sources, isn’t expected to be discussed officially until next spring.
Then again, now that Beebe has allowed
Either way, the Big 12, if it’s able, may want to quicken its pace.
On Nov. 3, John Denton, who is part of the TCU radio network, told Erik Gee on 610 The Sports Animal in
Even if it is a rumor and just wishful thinking on TCU’s part, after Friday’s developments, would those schools be willing to listen? If they learned anything from Friday/this summer, the lesson that any interest in the Big 12 has to be self-interest finally should be cemented by now…doesn’t it?
Why did ESPN throw such a pot-buster of a raise at the Longhorns? Just because it’s
Maybe nothing. Maybe this is the start.
All of these things, Bob Burda, and the Big 12 won’t respond. That may actually be a good thing, but only if it was because Beebe and the rest of you are too busy actually getting it right this time with more than some, to date, mythical proposal.
Oh, in case you’re interested, my last response to Burda’s email:
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Considering the recent developments with
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