Report: Pac-10 Offers Invites To 6 Big 12 Schools

Chip Brown of Yahoo Sports site Orangebloods.com reports Thursday afternoon:

Texas Cheerleaders at the Rose Bowl

(Many happy returns?)

… it appears the Pac-10, which has its meetings in San Francisco starting this weekend, is prepared to make a bold move and invite Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado to join its league, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

Left out would be Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and Missouri.

Brown reports the Pac-10 would then split the conference into two divisions:

The six teams from the Big 12 would be in an eight-team division with Arizona and Arizona State. The other eight-team division would consist of USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.

With the newly-expanded conference, Brown reports the 16-team league would assemble a television network that could potentially mean $20 million per school in annual revenue. That number would more than double the annual net income accrued by current Big 12 and Pac-10 schools.

Also noted is Fox Sports TV’s prime position to partner with the possible 16-team league.

Brown:

An invitation from the Pac-10 will be hard for the six Big 12 schools being targeted not to consider. Why? Because Fox Cable Networks (a division of News Corporation), which serves as the chief operating partner of the successful Big Ten Network, appears ready to make the Big 16 Network happen.

Fox is the chief television partner of the Pac-10 currently, and its subsidiary Fox Sports Net currently holds the rights to the Big 12 cable package, which comes up for bid in the spring of 2011. The Pac-10 also has television deals with Fox up for re-bid at the same time.

This is so cool! (At least for those of us in L.A.)

Though there’s one not-so-small catch to the whole darned thing: The University of Texas.

Orangebloods.com is a site dedicated to Texas athletics and it isn’t a coincidence, in my opinion, that Brown buries the lede of his Pac-10 expansion story as it pertains to the Longhorns: Read more…