The University of Oregon and the Big Ten Conference office in Chicago have held preliminary talks in an effort to establish whether or not the Ducks would be a good fit for the conference, as per the source.
According to another source, outgoing University of Oregon President Michael Shill, Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens, and Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren did not participate in the negotiations that took place in Chicago.
According to the sources, last week the Big Ten signed a seven-year television rights contract with a total value of more than $7 billion.
According to insiders within the network, the contract contains an escalator clause, which indicates that the deal might approach over $10 billion if the membership of the Big Ten were to rise. According to individuals who spoke with focus Hillsboro during the past week, the Big Ten “is not done” expanding even after the addition of USC and UCLA.
The previous month, we stated that the Big Ten will grow beyond 16 institutions and was eyeing Notre Dame, along with Oregon, Washington, Stanford, and Cal from the Pac-12. In addition, the Big Ten was looking to add Michigan State.
According to insiders, the league is still interested in adding more Pac-12 institutions to assist decrease possible travel difficulties for USC and UCLA. This is the case regardless of whether Notre Dame will join the Big Ten or continue to operate independently.
According to various sources, the Big 12 is looking at Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona State as potential new members in the event that Oregon and other teams from the Pac-12 leave for the Big Ten.
During all of this that is going on, the Pac-12 is working on negotiating a new media rights contract that will begin in 2024.
During an interview with HBO Real Sports that will be broadcast on Tuesday, Warren stated that he is open to the possibility that the Big Ten would eventually expand to include 20 clubs.
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