Big 12 Network flounders, door for expansion opens

The Big 12 have a big decision to make over the coming weeks and it certainly looks like they will be making it in the coming months. However, with the decision to possibly expand, the conference will have to wait to start their television network.

The Big 12 has been looking to join the rest of the Power Five conferences and start their own television network, but the desire to do so complicated expansion. During the spring meetings, the conference has decided to put it on hold, opening the door for expansion for a number of teams who are looking to make the jump.

The marketplace has decided that issue for us,” Oklahoma President and conference board chairman David Boren said.

The decision to put a network on hold has helped out Houston and BYU and has possibly hurt UCF and South Florida in their efforts to move into the conference. This is because they wanted to open up into bigger television markets and a network would helped the latter two schools, while staying the same course would benefit the former two.

“Yes, TV markets are important. Yes, the financial aspect is important,” Boren said. “But … our fans want to see our teams play against great teams. They don’t want to see them play mediocre teams. We have to determine what that’s going to do to the longtime reputation of the brands at each of the schools and what quality of opponents we’re having.”

Once their expansion decision has come down, you can expect the Big 12 to make a decision on their network in the next year. It likely won’t be long before one is started, but it certainly won’t be happening in the near future.

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