A Potential Partnership Between Big 12 and Pac-12 No Longer Being Discussed

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days
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According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, a hypothetical alliance between the Big 12 and the Pac-12, which had been heavily discussed over the last two weeks, has officially ceased.

Reports indicated that Big 12 officials informed Pac-12 executives on Monday that they are no longer interested in negotiating a merger.

There have been at least three Zoom conversations between top league executives in the Big 12 and the Pac-12, as well as additional discussions amongst league factions, including legal, to consider various possibilities. The extent of the discussions had not before been publicized.

A Pac-12 source told Thamel that “because the Big 12 media rights can’t be negotiated until 2024, Pac-12 schools have no motivation to join the Big 12.”

At Big 12 media day, Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark said, “We will leave no stone unturned to drive value for the conference,” Yormark said at media day. He added: “There is no higher priority than to best position the Big 12 for its upcoming multimedia rights negotiations. Everything we do must create momentum for those negotiations.”