Originally Posted by Saul Too
So you really think that the Big 12 would rather dick with Longhorn broadcasts than just sell the rights back to Texas/ESPN for a king's random?
I know it spoils your carefully-crafted "these teams will go to this conference, those teams will go to that conference, etc" masterplan, similar to many other bored fans on the internet, but you are being silly.
The reason why the GOR is so serious, in a "holy crap, I guess they wont go anywhere" kind of reaction from other conferences, is the presumption that the conference wont let go of the rights. Without that, the GOR is not worth much.
You are presuming the Big 12 will act against their own best interests, for really no reason. Now, if the year was 2023, things had deteriorated so much that the GOR was never extended, and there were two years left, at that point maybe they work out a deal, but not with 13 years left. There is not a conference on the planet willing to call that bluff. You are basically saying that if some other conference says "sup Big 12, wanna fall apart", the Big 12 will respond with a "sure, why not?"