Oct 18, 2016|
Blair joins Primetime to talk about the Big 12 deciding not to expand.
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Thanks for listening to the prime time with Isaak NC podcast brought to you on the stand by your local less Schwab tire sinner. Doing the right thing since 1952. Right hard to know what's going on. With big twelve. From afar so listen go to Kansas City there Kirk on the Kansas City Star big twelve yesterday. Opting not to expand we thought they could. Expand to at least twelve if not fourteen Blair was at the right move the wrong move to not expand. And the right and right now for the big twelve there's. The only the only region to meet Ed needs would have banned because they're they're re instituting their football championship game next year. And it just seems to be approved and winning formula to have 26 team divisions since. But the big twelve try to make it work to our team divisions starting next year and we'll see how that goes they have an announcement who's going into into what divisions so other than that I I did. I think the big twelve decided it didn't need Serb. You know I didn't need to break on a couple of more. Seems especially those changed. Couldn't come from power the existing out power our conference's there was an. Wasn't airs on air or Stater clumps and oracle are Stater. Sir Notre Dame moved in to doing that well. Did they try to go down that road to define power five or or was that. Just kind of likable pie in the sky sort of thing. Well both. I think that. That until they base certainly put the nose. They they put up for sale sign out and they were open for business but that. The head of the reaction from at least nothing that anybody knows. From from any existing power five schools and I think that that. It you know that was the what you're the reason there is no reason right now the big well straight ABY you to say that. Cincinnati or Houston. You know you're coming to our league you're gonna make our league better. Look all those. Love the school's latest mention it and and several others are having fine football season would have surely would be impeached BYU. A really good took all heritage better than somebody just saying. Schooler in the big twelve but. The you know. A good reason to make clear there at it's conference yesterday that it's just. There's no compelling reason to. To grow the league right now. And in so it sort of makes the last three months seem like what that was all that about it would what was why did you do it could process and yet the public stage yesterday warriors. You know in that they they go to to themselves to explore. Although troops in the future might look like canned and and they say they saw that it was just not. If there is nothing of a great value out there too scantily. See if it's odd because all you heard was that this was a slam dunk then maybe you'd expand by as many as four and then obviously went down to two but. That they you had the boat so so what changed as you've heard everything from. You know BYU you know being too much of of a risk with with kind of you know kind of the protest Caribbean another religious school. You've heard dead dead dead current TV deal. Build ESP NN and fox worthwhile willing to pay them to not expand so. How did it go from there were all on board with this and having the votes to a unanimous decision to not expand. Yeah but I tried so a couple of things that are that are work export orbit multiple bit farther you know. Well a lot of oh a lot of good news that this sets then out there in the big twelve. Over the last few months has been driven by foot consultants told the big twelve like. You know you your chances of of appearing in category do teams appear to college football playoff are greater if you. Did you ever football championship games and big twelve UN CA reissues the title game and in the the idea that. They're there will be no big twelve network similar to the pac twelve network war. You know the Big Ten or the SEC networks. Is it a reason why. You know did that one of the reasons why but they didn't expand it didn't have you know the TD consultants told them that there weren't. And dust that there's not enough interest in many schools that are that you might outsider interviewed. That that that makes where you're television contract more valuable to fox or ESPN. Now what does TV. What we believe this happened is. Is that Fox News PM which or. The first and second tier TV rights in the twelfth came the league said. You know we don't want to see expansion because Cincinnati BYU to Houston don't move the needle enough thrust. Also for our satisfaction what we will or we will do is give you additional money in the existing television contract. Now commissioner Bob old Ian and David Boren of Oklahoma president to mr. Ford chairman president. The league CEOs. Didn't. Admit to ditch yesterday. But I think it's been widely circulated bit that we all get more money basically not to expand summit to be part. Okay this is a Blair took off of the Kansas City Star. One area that doesn't make sense to me on that and I guess you gotta trust the consultants they do this they run numbers but. There was an article I think it was last week CBS sports assigned about how Houston has become an SEC market. There's no value in adding Houston to the big twelve is sort of getting that back into into the big twelve is footprint. That's where the whatever the big twelve might have been all of its consultants and I differ because I I think there is value. Indians ceased in. I think it's unique. Unique situation. And would have been a good opportunity for the big twelve. Ever since Texas AM left lit. The eats the recruiting doors of taxes have swung open to the southeastern cop. And whereas. The state of Texas when it's emitting any prospects you know turns up more division one prospects and any other stayed on an annual basis. Back in the day Texas and Oklahoma can't get their first pick all of those guys not not not not every single one of but just about all those guys were Texas know you recruit the one they want it well plain and what is the FEC. In the group of schools in Mississippi Louisiana Alabama the whole idea at the actually used. Noted that on the Texas so much bigger way. And an and I thought it would have been Smart in the big twelve. And this kind of firmly plant its flag in in that city insane we're gonna eight. There have been a little bit book the largest school in that city it's still a big eight and city to beat Texas Longhorns should be as well but. University she's issued school would somewhere in the neighborhood of 45000 undergraduate tests. Have a great year in input all of its head. You've been very good the last few years so. I think it would have been a good move to the big twelve to escorted ache she's naked baby old school they were the big east and and restart. Win back that CD or to make it more the big twelve Domenici chased and so portrait that largest city in court TV market actually but more than that maybe more than any other. They can match our area produces more football prospect than in the country. You look at it it sounds. Like what when Oklahoma said noted this that everyone else is kind of followed suit. And there's this notion and I just ask you how much of this is is a reality how much this is just. You know kind of renew rumor and speculation but. Is it doesn't just come down to basically what Oklahoma and Texas want they get in in the big twelve. Yeah it is I mean an end and I think that. To be honest with you I think almost every conference one that way every every major conference as. Keeps you traditional I kingpins. In the way it. You know it Alabama toward and it will get engaged in Ohio State meet and stated it. In the Big Ten. When it comes to football or stayed in late. The HTC I think that the historical powers. Teary more influence. You know. Album that. It may be organ to some extent pac twelve I think it is carried more influence than the others. But what happened with the big twelve Texas and Oklahoma is the difference is a little bit more doubts. Now that he neb Nebraska no longer are part of the week. And unlike the pac twelve unlikely that the eight EC the beach and the SEC. Presidents and athletic directors speak publicly and talked to the media. An and and are afraid to express how they evil about. You know the future of the league it. There's no one voice that speaks well big twelve like. Larry Scott doesn't act well or being delayed a bit and it owns president it's the biggest you know booster protect us since the Iowa state athletic director. All of them are out there and chirping about where were they think the league is what should happen and and that's a condition which unique in the big twelve and I think it really does at that. Perception. Dysfunction in the week and it there's no doubt big twelve deserves that reputation it has about being. You know disputed somewhat dysfunctional league but it doesn't help itself when. You've got a lot of different people talking about how they knew about the Woodward was when that doesn't happen and other opposite. If they don't expand. Why would in Texas and Oklahoma leave. Where they can make more somewhere else I mean if they're calling all the shots is there a danger of the big twelve does breaks up because. They bull. You know what quite well this year there at the big twelve schools and put a pretty academic your 1516. Big twelve schools will will be at edit group third among the power five opposition mega huge distribution from. On the television revenues of the ball the conference generate revenues next TV contracts or games. NCAA basketball tournament appearances. That that the big twelve beat her to head of the pac twelve weeks and see schools. In. Their final in the and in the big big twelve has. They they like deposition is additionally. What never seems to get rewarded when it comes in the big twelve is unlike the other and I'm looking at a power buy opportunities. Big twelve schools control their third cheer rights which means they get. You know the market 88 football games several men's basketball games all their other non revenue sports and in the case of exodus. But fifteen million additional dollars for the long or network since the Texas gets so in addition. To thirty million that they received from copper to generate revenues expects another fifteen million. To the Longhorn Network Oklahoman can't each get between 67 million Revere in house television networks everybody else has wrapped read five million. So does the big twelve is doing OK financially eight. The question becomes you know the best Texas one who is somehow of try to have risked losing note that the Longhorn Network if it's echoed into another conference. Texas what that Longhorn Network it's it's great advertising board even though it now on. In many you know on many cable brought tears. In love having the network and the good thing is Oklahoma. If he kink in the big well. You know it it's a it's a very influential school Lotto pick but went the pack over the SEC you're big and it would have the same power and certainly. You know I I think it would lose a little bit of access to the college football playoffs be the best and in in in in the in the big twelve courses in best of fourteen the FCC rate after sixteen whatever would be. Go through Alabama or LSU and in several other I think you'll make like what they're broke all so I think you're I think you're both. Contrary to kind of popular belief I think to vote pretty satisfied where they are right now and it doesn't make. They're going to be fine no matter what conference they variant they had their schools have options the I was staged a staged sailors that. That would not have the same type of options is taxed at all. In deceased apple Blair thanks for taking the time for us today we appreciate it man. It would take care.