Originally Posted by ChiefsCountry
You are clearly not getting my point. If the PAC-12 takes the Texas/Oklahoma combo with the other 2, then the SEC/Big Ten is going to have a harder time to pluck teams from the ACC. ACC would then be the #4 confernce in the country and would have a seat at the table for sure and North Carolina would be less likely to leave. Big 12 plucking away at the southern ACC schools like FSU, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami etc would put the ACC ripe for the SEC and Big Ten plucking for the prime ACC schools.
It doesn't matter, its not going to happen anyway. Texas wants to be in this region and they are the financial kingpin of their own conference. They have no interest in leaving. The partnership between the SEC and B12 guarantees their status in the pecking order, there is no incentive for teams to leave the B12.
The only discussion in the B12 right now is do we expand, and if so, by how much with whom. The B12 is actually very profitable with 10.
Now, what happens if there is no movement and the ESPN contract is not signed? That could open the B12 up for other bidders. That's why the extension hasn't been signed, It has nothing to do with discord, it has to do with maximizing the value. Once a contract is signed, its difficult to get it reopened, so the B12 is being pragmatic.