You can learn a lot about your community, state and country. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
Each week the Missourian will feature another open record. This week:
The records: This document from the Big 12 Conference outlines how the conference's budget will be determined and lays out the rules regarding how member schools will split revenues.
Why you'd want them: During last summer's conference realignment talks, everything was focused around one factor: money. Would Texas leave if it were offered more money? How would a conference offer more money? In what ways could the Big 12 use money to lure schools to stay? This document outlines the basic rules behind the conference's revenue distribution, which may come into play in future realignment discussions.
Where you get the records: The report is available as a PDF on the Big 12 conference's website as part of the official 2009-2010 Big 12 Conference Handbook. See Pages 20-22 of the handbook. To get there, start at http://www.big12sports.com/ and then click on the "About the Big 12" tab. Click on "conference handbook."
How much will it cost: The information is free.