ESPN’s Big 12 renewal offer is reason why Texas and Oklahoma are bound for SEC

Sep 2, 2021

According to multiple Big 12 officials, the trigger in Texas and Oklahoma’s decision to leave the conference centers around ESPN’s next offer to remain the league’s primary media right’s carrier.

The contract does not expire until after the 2024-25 season, but the parties were already discussing what the new deal could look like.

The offer was going to be virtually the same as the 13-year deal the Big 12 signed with ESPN back in 2011 when the league agreed to a $2.6 billion contract that included Fox Sports as a partner to carry secondary games.

Source: Mac Engel for Fort Worth Star-Telegram