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@TigerinMO I saw what you did there - ".,. the Big 12 lost what was far and away its second largest media market (Missouri) after the state of Texas". Of course, that would be the #21 market - which isn't even in spitting distance of the #4 and #10 markets which just happen to be firmly in the great state of Texas. I guess you got your ordinal number skills in the same educational background that you got your spelling skills. And that assumes you believe that MU sports, especially football, delivers the STL market. I've heard it us at least up for debate. Look, you guys will be missed - the rest of the conference needed opponents that would reliably lose. Tough to sell TV rights without a Washington Generals. Problem is, in your fit of pique, you cut yourself off to the best HS talent you ever had - including the home of the best QB ever to play at MU. Good luck being Bama's bitch without Texas HS talent. And OBTW, the facts back up my timeline. You really have to find a more credible source than the Bowtie Boy.
@Roggespierre @frug if you really want to get into legalities, what was created was a new joint venture and the old entities ceased to exist upon the creation of that new entity. But that isn't a "merger" and the conference recognizes just that.
@frug From Wikipedia "Although at the time of its formation the Big 12 was composed of the old Big Eight plus the four Texas schools, it regards itself as a separate conference, not an expanded Big Eight, and as such does not claim the Big Eight's history as its own." Only because the Big 8 joined in toto does this "merger" myth survive. It was the first TV driven realignment move because the old Big 8 schools recognized that the #21, 31 and 45 TV markets didn't have the negotiating power you have with the #5, 10, and 37 markets added to the mix. Those markets were the Texas schools' negotiating power and why they didn't have to "join" the Big 8. As events have proven, the Texas schools brought more if what matters than number of members.
@yerboyfloyd Please point on the doll where the Longhorn hurt you. Because that is easier than actually refuting anything with anything factual.
Thanks for repeating the NU and aTm revisionist history. Let's start with a few factual errors:
1. "... when Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor merged with the old Big Eight." False. Both conferences ceased to exist when the Big 12 began. Conference records don't predate the start of the conference in 1997, which wouldn't be the case if it was in fact a "merger"
2. "Since then, no Big XII school has done more flirting with other conferences than Texas." False. The entire Big 12 instability began with Missouri's flirtations with the B1G in 2009. That was an unrequited love dating back to '93. It must really hurt to know that the SEC was MU's far distant second choice. You are also ignoring OU's complete willingness to accept a PAC 12 offer - which was ever offered when UT refused to leave the B12. This was in addition to the reported 2010 SEC offer to OU. So 'splain to me how UT wins the flirting title?
3. "Heck, the league office itself moved from Kansas City to the Dallas area in 1996..." Since there wasn't a merger, the office didn't "move". Seven cities were considered. The city with the most Fortune 500 HQs, with the most non-stop flights - including to within 75 miles of EVERY member school - was selected. Not choosing Dallas would be like choosing Hattiesburg over Atlanta if the SEC ever chose to move their HQ.
4. "... its own Longhorn Network and drove a final wedge between itself and several other ex-Big XII schools". Make that exactly one - the newest SEC members. First, the LHN post dated the departures of CU and NU. What eventually became the LHN was offered to be equally shared with aTm for exposure for non-revenue sports. The aTm athletic department, then running so deep in the red they had to borrow money from the university, passed. Frankly, I think even UT was shocked over the ESPN offer. But that money was just another reminder to aTm that once again, they were little brother. And that reminder, and the potential of seeing the LHN every time they scrolled through the program guide, was just more than they could stand. Did they make a good move? Too early to tell. Get back to us in ten years.
You have a great blog. You don't have to draw your analysis from dubious facts.