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Is the AAC poised to raid the Big 12?

Report: Big 12 sends “cease and desist” letter to ESPN
Report: Big 12 sends “cease and desist” letter to ESPN(WIBW)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 10:20 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - So, who’s crying now? In one of the most ironic turns of events in the mishmash of college realignment, the AAC is the conference the Big 12 is accusing ESPN of using to pilfer its teams.

Not just a couple of them, but all the rest not named Texas and Oklahoma.

The SEC unanimously voting to add the Sooners and Longhorns Thursday.

Just 10 years ago Memphis and a host of other American Athletic Conference schools were begging to be allowed into the Big 12 during the last round of conference realignment. 

The Big 12 said no, remaining at 10 members so as not to further divide its TV money. But now, as cbssports.com’s Dennis Dodd reports, with Texas and Oklahoma leaving for the SEC, the remaining Big 12 schools could each see their annual $37 million split in TV revenue reduced by 50 to 75%.

Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia are what’s left of the Big 12.

ESPN has exclusive rights to the AAC.

The Big 12 shares its rights with ESPN and FOX.

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