SEC Board Claims No Action on Expansion
BIRMINGHAM, AL - The SEC Board of Chancellors and Presidents announced Monday that it did not discuss expansion as part of its meeting, including the possible addition of Missouri to the conference. In a new release, the board said "While [the Presidents] discussed a wide range of issues dealing with the changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics, no actions were taken with regards to expansion."
According to a document obtained by the Associated Press, a Missouri move to the SEC could generate as much as $12 million more in annual TV revenue. Missouri curators voted unanimously last week to give Chancellor Brady Deaton authority to explore options to leave the Big 12.
The curators last week 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 next likely date for Missouri action on conference action is October 20 at the UM system board meeting at UMKC.
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