The shakeup of the Massive 12 Convention has apparently reached a brand new degree of messiness, and ESPN is on the middle of it.
Yahoo’s Pete Thamel first reported Wednesday, and quite a few nationwide retailers shortly adopted swimsuit, that Massive 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby despatched a letter to ESPN telling it to stop and desist speaking with convention colleges about leaving it.
Breaking: The Massive 12 has despatched a “stop and desist” letter to ESPN. The letter calls for ESPN finish “all actions that will hurt the convention and its members and that it not talk with the Massive 12 Convention’s current members…. 1/2
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) July 28, 2021
Within the letter, which was addressed to ESPN govt Burke Magnus, Bowlsby writes that “I’m conscious that ESPN has additionally been actively engaged in discussions with a minimum of one different convention relating to that convention inducing further Members of the Massive 12 Convention (beside Texas and Oklahoma, who’ve each began the method of leaving for the SEC) to go away the Massive 12 Convention.”
Bowlsby stated convention colleges have contractually agreed to tv offers with the convention, and “The actions famous above are an obvious try and intervene with and to induce our Members to breach these contractual obligations to the Convention and to encourage additional convention realignment for the monetary good thing about ESPN.”
Bowlsby stated that’s in direct breach of the Massive 12’s contract with ESPN.
“The Massive 12 Convention calls for that ESPN instantly stop and desist all actions that will hurt the Convention and its members and that it not talk with the Massive 12 Convention’s current Members or every other NCAA Convention relating to the Massive 12 Convention’s Members, potential convention realignment, or potential monetary incentives or outcomes associated to potential convention realignment,” Bowlsby wrote.
Bowlsby concluded that the Massive 12 will implement “all of its rights” within the contract with the community and requested that ESPN guarantee the convention in writing by Thursday that it’ll stop the alleged actions.
Right here is the stop & desist letter the Massive 12 despatched to ESPN.
Bob Bowlsby alleges ESPN is actively working with and inspiring different conferences to aim to poach Massive 12 members. pic.twitter.com/fb224elCtd
— Max Olson (@max_olson) July 28, 2021
ESPN responded to the letter by saying, “The claims within the letter don’t have any advantage.”
Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported, “If Massive 12 implodes, ESPN not chargeable for ultimate 4 years of deal, value $1.06 billion.”
Massive 12’s “stop & desist” to ESPN claims community contacted different conferences “encouraging” them to take Massive 12 colleges so Massive 12 dissolves, eliminating grant of rights, sources advised @Stadium. If Massive 12 implodes, ESPN not chargeable for ultimate 4 years of deal, value $1.06 billion
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 28, 2021
After preliminary studies got here out final week that Texas and Oklahoma can be breaking away from the Massive 12, the 2 colleges formally introduced on Monday that they are going to be doing so after the league’s media rights deal expires in 2025.