2021 Conference Realignment megathread

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So as many of you have heard, we have a ton of news popping up about realignment. Just want to hear what you all think of this!

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Big 12 looking add teams:

"During Thursday's meeting, conference officials also scratched the surface on discussions of what the Big 12 might do if OU and Texas left, and one source said that included looking into whether there were other Power 5 programs that might want to join, or if schools like UCF, Houston, Cincinnati or BYU might make good additions. There was some appetite in the meeting for possibly adding two teams even if OU and Texas decide to stay.

None of those conversations gained significant traction, though, because the next step is figuring out the intents of OU and Texas -- and their motivation.


But if Texas and OU do leave, which seems to be a very real possibility, this could be good for the abovementioned schools.

From a TCU Insider:

Full quote: "Did some digging today and like I've said a few times, everything is so fluid and nothing set in stone. So, take some of the things I post with an open mind and understand a lot if not confirmed.

- With Texas and OU headed to the SEC, everyone I've spoken with have said that's going to happen. That's not news, I think by now everyone has pretty much come to the conclusion that it will happen.

- As for TCU, I was told from a couple of folks that the Frogs will talk to PAC-12. One source indicated that TCU has already had a discussion with the conference. It's not only TCU, but Baylor and Texas Tech are rumored to also be part of that discussion. Again, this is all very fluid and it's still very, very early. But, from the sounds of it TCU is at least being proactive behind the scenes.

- One person told me, "The Big 12 is going to blow up man".


From @skhanjr and @BruceFeldmanCFB:

"Reaching out to the Pac-12 about a potential 20-school merger was discussed during Thursday’s Big 12 leadership call. Such a move seems to be a more favorable alternative for the Big 12 than bringing in new members.”

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Here's my current rendition of what I think happens. Top is if Big 12 breaks apart, bottom if Big 12 stays and adds teams. But I have no idea what happens outside of the Big 12 and SEC in that situation.

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It seems very tepidly received and due to the ACCs new contracts after the last cycle probably won’t happen, but GT to the B1G is absolutely one of my favorite outcomes to root for
 

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I would love it. Don't think there has been any chatter about it this cycle though :(
 

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It seems like the crux on the most recent expansions has been either because of UT, or TV deal money.

I don't know if it's been discussed elsewhere but why the hell hasn't any of the conferences has pursued streaming rights rather than tv rights?

I can't think of any of my friends who still have cable; and whenever we've watched sports events its always been through a stream. I don't have cable, nor do I plan on getting it. I would absolutely get a subscription for Big 12 sports if they were to pursue a streaming route.

We have the tech. ESPN, Fox, they all provide live sports via stream now. Tech companies such as Youtube, Amazon, and Facebook could shake up the tv competition if they proposed something with one of these conferences.

With that said, fuck the Big 12 Conference for not trying to get a better deal with Fox Sports, and for NOT going for a streaming platform.


edit: For the new guys and for those that don't know me, I'm a Baylor grad.
 

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I think the TV rights include streaming. ESPN has such a stronghold on it now with ESPN+ that I finally now have a place to watch SD State play every week.
 

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The new ESPN/Disney deal has everything to do with streaming in the very near future. Notre Dame recently announced their opening game of the season would be exclusively viewable on Peacock.
 

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There's no way peacock is what they are choosing. Please tell me that this is satire.
 

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I think that would be suicide to completely move over... but I can see them moving a few games over to try to force people over.
 

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There would be no way I'm supporting a megacorps attempts to make more money off of something I can't control. Especially NBC Universal who owns a lot of stuff
 

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Exclusivity is bad in the long run. But I'm not sure schools will take exposure into account over short term profit. Just waiting for a school to figure out pay-per-view is even more profitable....
 

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And though I say that sarcastically, in reality a big school with a large following COULD provide an enhanced pay-per-view broadcast with added content like post game locker room footage, pre-game interviews, and bonus content during TV timeouts. For "ultimate fans" who want a more complete game experience.
 
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Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, USC, etc. I can see it.
 

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