Document suggests Missouri could get $12 million from SEC move

Monday, October 10, 2011 | 2:42 p.m. CDT; updated 4:47 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 10, 2011

A Missouri move to the SEC could generate as much as $12 million more in annual TV revenue, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

The UM System Board of Curators voted unanimously last week to give Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to explore options to leave the Big 12. The curators reviewed the 45-page document that outlines the pros and cons of leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference. The AP obtained the report from a university official familiar with the discussions who is not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.

The report outlines how much money Missouri could expect from its network and cable television contracts. It suggests Missouri could get $17.16 million in Big 12 TV money in 2012, compared to $19.25 million from an SEC deal. It also envisions a far bigger share — up to $12 million — should the SEC renegotiate its top-tier TV rights.

The Big 12 is down to 10 members and will lose Texas A&M to the SEC next year.

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Ellis Smith October 10, 2011 | 4:17 p.m.

This might end in one of two ways:

MU is accepted by the SEC. Everyone at MU is presumably happy and possibly overjoyed. The remaining members of the Big 12 conference might not be so happy.

MU is NOT accepted by the SEC. MU must at least temporarily
continue playing in the Big 12, where they will enjoy definite pariah status.

If we believed everything previously said about this subject then MU would be playing Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa, etc. this fall because MU would already be in the Big 10 conference. Are they?

Talk is cheap. Also, while we may not be able to place an exact dollar value on it, reputation - or the loss of it - has value too.

Old Bedouin saying: Before poisoning the well, be certain that another water source really exists.

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