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Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 12:07 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Although Texas A&M doesn't know for sure that it's going to leave the Big 12 for the SEC -- wink, wink -- the school is going through all the necessary steps to make it happen. First it let the Big 12 know that it's going to explore its options, and now it sounds like the school is negotiating it's exit fee from the Big 12.

According to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News, the Big 12 is looking for something in the neighborhood of $28 million from Texas A&M if it wants to leave. Which is an incredibly expensive divorce. Understandably, Texas A&M isn't looking to pay quite that much.

In another tweet from the Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls, the Aggies are negotiating to pay something between $10 and $15 million. Roughly half of what the conference wants.

To put it in perspective, when Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big Ten last year, the Cornhuskers paid just over $9 million. Colorado paid about $7 million. So, as you can see, it's pretty understandable that Texas A&M isn't looking to fork over more than three times what Nebraska paid and four times what Colorado paid to leave.

How much will the Aggies end up paying when they -- I mean if! -- they leave the Big 12? Who knows? Much like any divorce, the lawyers will be the true winners.
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Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

While it is true the SEC has several lower tier teams those are mostly in the SEC east, A&M likely would be playing in the west against Arkansas, LSU, Auburn, Alabama and Miss ST.  It seems likely for A&M to lose 2 or 3 games a year in division regardless of which east teams they play.  A&M is giving up being competitive to chase the dollars and now is the exact wrong time to do it. Texas is as down as they have been in 15 years and instead of capitalizing on it to gain strength in the conferance they are looking to bail. 

I believe that the Pac 12 will once again look at OU,OSU, texas tech, and Texas to join the conferance and go east/west with colorado, utah, arizona and arizona st joining the east. But I think Texas wants to be independant so Kansas for basketball becomes the next best choice to head west.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

I don’t think Texas A&M was aware that Texas was in negotiation to start up the Long Horn TV Network, I think they were told we are in this together, we will not do further negotiation about the network. Since this was the  case, Texas A& M decided to remain in the conference.

I also think that Texas is guaranteed more of the conference revenue than other team members. When Texas A& M found out that Texas had completed negotiations and would launch the Long Horn Network that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Since they could no longer trust or believe anything Texas said they decided they would leave the conference.

Texas is interested in Texas and Texas only.

When A&M leave the Big-12 FOR the sec, the Big-12 would no longer be a viable conference that would be able to compete with the other conferences. I don’t thing Texas would go independent. I think they join the PAC-12 along with one other school.

I think Oklahoma and perhaps Oklahoma  State might join the sec.

The fee the conference would want to charge Texas A&M for leaving the conference is ridiculous, Texas A&M will not have to pay that much. This is the starting figure for negations to begin. Even though Texas A&M have enough wealthy alum that could and would be willing  foot the bill and pay any amount necessary for A&M to leave the Big-12. They might consider the move to the sec as a move is too a better and more prestigious conference.

For those that think Texas A&M would not compete in the sec, get over yourselves. You have Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and lately Georgia and Tennessee. The sec ahs it’s bottom feeders. A&M  will not be a bottom feeder in the sec.  

“ONE MAN’S OPINION





Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

The Southwest Conference would be one hell of a lot of fun right now.  I miss it.



Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

They should have everyone leave.  Then they would have money enough to recruit ND.

Do they figure that chagring ridiculous exit fees is a good way for them to attract new members?  The handwriting is on the wall in 5 foot capital letters.




Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

A&M has'nt really had a ton of success in the Big 12 so going to the SEC and having little success but getting paid more makes a lot of sense. I am hoping that the PAC 12 comes and takes OU, OSU, Texas Tech, and Kansas. Texas can go independant because thats what they want anyhow. Missouri eventually gets into the Big 10 and KState, Baylor, and Iowa St can find homes in C-USA or Big East.



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

All those who say TCU or Boise St should join the Big 12 do not understand that TCU and Boise St while great on the field offer very little as far as TV market share TCU is a small school that  has trouble selling out home games and the Boise market while is not going to bring in the dollars and the other sports would need a major upgrade. BYU has the fan base and can compete in all sports, AIr Force could be a draw for Houston has the market   and could compete but it a market already in the Big 12 footprint. There really is not alot of good choices beyond that SMU?naw, Tulsa? nope UTEP, Rice N. Texas?  not going to happen. Colorado St? mmmmm Miss St. ???You see my point  



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

$28 million to leave the lowly Big 12 is justifiable. Colorado and Nebraska do not have as big a drawing power than Texas A&M...and the Big 12 knows that without A&M that the Big 12 will have to shut down within 2 years. You can bank on that.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

Wrong....Joe Castiglione, OU's athletic director, said that.  OU, like A&M, has ridden Texas' coattails for years.

Not exactly.....fwiw here is the exact quote......"I think it would be a horrendous decision for OU and Texas to break up," Castiglione said. "We're going to stick together if it's at all possible."

 



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST 14 YEARS, IF THE SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOULD'VE STAYED INTACT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A PRETTY DANDY LEAGUE FOR THE MOST PART IN FOOTBALL, AND ESPECIALLY IN BASEBALL. BUT ALAS, WE'RE DEALING WITH MORE BULSH NOW AND IT'S A SNOWBALL ROLLING DOWNHILL. AS AN AGGIE, I CAN'T HELP BUT WISH THINGS COULD BE DIFFERENT, BUT AS USUAL THESE DAYS, MONEY AND GREED WILL ALWAYS WIN OUT. NEXT STOP, HIGH SCHOOL. THIS SNOWBALL IS ROLLING DOWNHILL.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Texas A&M wants lower exit fee from Big 12

Though I am a Texas fan, it seems to me that Texas is doing a good job of driving teams away. One can't fully trust everything one reads, and I'm sure there's another side to this story. But Texas does have a huge appetite for funds, it does think of itself as the class of the Big 12, and all of this negative publicity for Texas can't just be sour grapes. I wish A&M well in the SEC, although I don't think they will do well there. All of this may be a prelude to more major conference realignment. I certainly hope that it plays into setting up a national playoff system.
I'm a Michigan fan, but I think you got it right. A&M will leave, the lawyers are just quibbling over price now. This will lead to the new Big 9. That will be unacceptable for Texas, and realignment will insue. Good luck down there. No worries we will try and do our job by keeping Nebraska in check up here. Good luck where all your teams end up.


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