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    One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited


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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Good old Chip Brown...I was wondering what he had been up too. The guy was the Mick Jagger of the sports media world last summer, a rock star. His name was eveywhere


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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    That article was a great read, if you could read around Chip patting himself on the back...


    ESPN would later make an out-of-this-world investment in Texas in the form of a 20-year, $300 million bankrolling of the Longhorn Network. Dodds told me a year ago he thought it might bring in $3 million to $5 million per year. Now, that figure is $15 million per year.

    Is that $15 million per year figure just news to me? I didn't know the Longhorn Network would be worth anywhere near that amount. Have any cable/satellite companies announced if/how they will carry the Longhorn Network?



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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    I hate to admit it. Last summer had some entertaining threads looking back.



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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    This whole bit still ticks me off. What a terrible attitude to take towards your B12 "friends" Extremely comical how ballsy he was and how little power they actually had.


    2. That was followed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, an MU grad, talking to The Associated Press in December of 2009 and all but saying the Tigers should bolt the Big 12. These were his words:

    "I'm not going to say anything bad about the Big 12, but when you compare Oklahoma State to Northwestern, when you compare Texas Tech to Wisconsin, I mean, you begin looking at educational possibilities that are worth looking at," Nixon told the AP.

    "If a significant conference with a long history of academic and athletic excellence talks about you joining them, you shouldn't just say, 'We're from the old Big 8 and I remember when' ... If they want to talk, we should talk, and we should listen."

    Sources would tell me these words were like an earthquake sending tremors across the league because every Big 12 administrator now had to worry about realignment in the conference.

    As the Big 12 Missile Crisis began to unfold amidst utter uncertainty, a top administrator from a Big 12 school told me, "If there was a vote right now among the Big 12 schools to kick out Missouri, it would be successful."



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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    This whole bit still ticks me off. What a terrible attitude to take towards your B12 "friends" Extremely comical how ballsy he was and how little power they actually had.


    2. That was followed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, an MU grad, talking to The Associated Press in December of 2009 and all but saying the Tigers should bolt the Big 12. These were his words:

    "I'm not going to say anything bad about the Big 12, but when you compare Oklahoma State to Northwestern, when you compare Texas Tech to Wisconsin, I mean, you begin looking at educational possibilities that are worth looking at," Nixon told the AP.

    "If a significant conference with a long history of academic and athletic excellence talks about you joining them, you shouldn't just say, 'We're from the old Big 8 and I remember when' ... If they want to talk, we should talk, and we should listen."

    Sources would tell me these words were like an earthquake sending tremors across the league because every Big 12 administrator now had to worry about realignment in the conference.

    As the Big 12 Missile Crisis began to unfold amidst utter uncertainty, a top administrator from a Big 12 school told me, "If there was a vote right now among the Big 12 schools to kick out Missouri, it would be successful."
    That cracked me up.


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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsCYence View Post
    I hate to admit it. Last summer had some entertaining threads looking back.
    There are lot of sports talk radio hosts and bloggers, especially those in IA, with egg on their face from their ill-advised predictions on the demise of the B12 and ISU. Most of them had absolutely no clue what they were talking about.



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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by cykadelic2 View Post
    There are lot of sports talk radio hosts and bloggers, especially those in IA, with egg on their face from their ill-advised predictions on the demise of the B12 and ISU. Most of them had absolutely no clue what they were talking about.
    That made the day the Big 12 was saved even better. Everyone was like WOAH.



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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by cykadelic2 View Post
    There are lot of sports talk radio hosts and bloggers, especially those in IA, with egg on their face from their ill-advised predictions on the demise of the B12 and ISU. Most of them had absolutely no clue what they were talking about.
    I know you are talking about one or two in particular, but to be fair, it had everyone in the nation guessing.



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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    That cracked me up.
    Me too. They started the mess by not shutting up.



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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    I laughed pretty hard at this

    8. A month after the Big 12 Missile Crisis, Dodds told Orangebloods.com he had asked Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott if the Pac-10 would pay for Texas' millions of dollars in exit fees from the Big 12.

    Scott told Dodds the Pac-10 would "loan" Texas the money.

    "We can loan ourselves the money," Dodds responded.



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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Gotta love this last bit of fear mongering at the end of the article:

    In the end, the Big 12 Missile Crisis nearly changed the landscape of college athletics forever. Instead, it just gave everyone a glimpse into what the future could be ? and still might be ? one day.
    da...dum...daaaaaa




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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrods79 View Post
    I know you are talking about one or two in particular, but to be fair, it had everyone in the nation guessing.
    Not everyone in the nation had a hard-on for ISU's "imminent demise" though, just Giggles and Wolfman Jack.


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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by 3GenClone View Post
    That article was a great read, if you could read around Chip patting himself on the back...





    Is that $15 million per year figure just news to me? I didn't know the Longhorn Network would be worth anywhere near that amount. Have any cable/satellite companies announced if/how they will carry the Longhorn Network?
    I personally still do not understand the reasoning for this. ESPN is going to pay UT $15M a year for a nonconference FB game, some MBB games and then non-revenue sports? Makes no sense to me. Either they are/were setting up to go independent (unlikely now) or it was basically a payment to keep the Big 12 together. Because you'd think that that network would lose money hand over fist...unless they think they can force Dallas and Houston to put the network on basic cable. I just don't see Longhorn sports outside of football having that big of a following.



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    Re: One Year Later: The Big 12 Missile Crisis revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    I personally still do not understand the reasoning for this. ESPN is going to pay UT $15M a year for a nonconference FB game, some MBB games and then non-revenue sports? Makes no sense to me. Either they are/were setting up to go independent (unlikely now) or it was basically a payment to keep the Big 12 together. Because you'd think that that network would lose money hand over fist...unless they think they can force Dallas and Houston to put the network on basic cable. I just don't see Longhorn sports outside of football having that big of a following.
    For $15 million a year, I'm wondering if ESPN/ABC/Disney will strong-arm cable/satellite providers to carry it in the Big 12 media-market footprint, similar to how FOX pushed the Big 10 Network. That's the only way I could see enough advertising could come in to bankroll a network with limited programming and appeal.



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