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    Interesting scenario and question

    Big 12 by-laws suggest two years' notice for any school to leave the conference.

    During that period, the school would receive 50 percent of its normal revenue distribution from the conference.

    For schools that depart sooner than two years, the conference uses a sliding scale. For example, a school that gives notice of between 12 and 18 months would lose 80 percent of its revenue.
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    Question - no school would agree to take that hit so if they leave they will leave immediately. That leaves us with 4 or 6 teams in the conference. Let's say it's four.

    Let's then say that Fox and ESPN want to break their TV deals with the Big 12 because it only consists of four teams at that point. Would they not have to pay some sort of penalty to break the TV deal? That could be a huge windfall to the remaining schools that could help them make facility improvements to lobby with as they approach new conferences.

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    Re: Interesting scenario and question

    I assume the ESPN/FSN contracts have provisions spelling out what happens when teams leave or are added.

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