Oregon, Washington, Stanford, And California’s Big Ten Chase Could Fail The Pac-12

The chase of Oregon, Washington, Stanford, and California by the Big Ten Conference, according to Dennis Dodd, might drive the Pac-12 to its knees. There is a danger that another cycle of probable expansion, punctuated by monetary gain through annual income, could destroy the conference out West and eventually lead to its collapse.

This comes after Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren reportedly attempted to negotiate a broadcast rights agreement with Amazon. In turn, the Big 12 would most certainly merge with the Pac-12’s remaining members to become college football’s third super-conference, joining the freshly expanded SEC and Big Ten.

Following the departure of Oregon, Stanford, Washington, and California, the other Pac-12 institutions will presumably “jump” to another conference, according to a Big 12 source.

The Big Ten has entered a new era with the announcement of a seven-year broadcast rights agreement with CBS, Fox, and NBC, which is expected to generate substantial revenue for the league’s schools.

According to Dodd, the agreement, worth $1.2 billion, will be the largest in collegiate athletics history and could kick-start further league development in the coming months.

Big Ten Chase Could Fail The Pac-12
Big Ten Chase Could Fail The Pac-12

Several media groups, including The Athletic and The Action Network, have suggested that this new agreement will result in further growth. According to The Action Network’s Brett McMurphy, the deal includes an “escalator provision” that calls for up to $10 billion in value if the Big Ten expands. It remains to be seen how that plays out, but adding more Pac-12 teams remains a hot topic in college football this summer, following USC and UCLA’s plans to leave the conference before the 2024 season.

According to Dodd’s sources, if the Pac-12 fails, Oregon State and Washington State may join the Mountain West Conference, making the MWC the largest league on that side of the country.

Following the addition of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten this summer, Oregon, among other universities, was expected to be the next domino to fall in substantial conference restructuring. The Big Ten has not publicly added or explored adding another institution as of yet, but the Ducks have reportedly begun discussions.

Oregon initiated early conversations with/Big Ten in Chicago to determine if Ducks are compatible in B1G,” McMurphy tweeted.

“According to another source, outgoing UO president Michael Schill, AD Rob Mullens, and B1G commish, Kevin Warren was not involved in any negotiations in Chicago.”

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