Originally Posted by alnorth
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?"
1. The Big 12 is ****ed if Texas leaves.
2. If Texas wants to leave, they will leave (even if they have to wait a few years).
3. The rest of the Big 12 would be stupid not to take a $100 million buyout and dash off to a new conference now rather than hold onto the rights to Longhorns games. After all, if Texas leaves, there isn't going to BE a Big 12 in 2025.