ESPN to Huge 12, Bowlsby: ‘No wrongful conduct’


ESPN bolstered its response to a Huge 12 convention letter that accused the community of attempting to “destabilize” the league, writing in a letter of its personal that ESPN has “engaged in no wrongful conduct” and that “there’s nothing to ‘stop and desist.'”

The letter from Magnus restated ESPN’s place that the claims had no advantage, and added: “Other than a single obscure allegation that ESPN has been ‘actively engaged in discussions with no less than one different’ unnamed convention, which ESPN disputes, your letter consists totally of unsubstantiated speculations and authorized conclusions.”

Texas and Oklahoma knowledgeable the Huge 12 this week they might not be renewing an settlement that binds them to the league and its eight different members till 2025. The grant of media rights runs concurrently with the Huge 12′s billion-dollar tv contracts with ESPN and Fox.

On Tuesday, Texas and Oklahoma submitted a request to the SEC to affix that league in 2025. To hitch the convention sooner than that might price the colleges tens of tens of millions of {dollars} — except the Huge 12 had been to disintegrate as a result of a number of the different members left as properly.

Along with the SEC and AAC, ESPN owns the rights to all Atlantic Coast Convention athletics and shares the rights to the Huge Ten and Pac-12 with Fox.

Bowlsby advised the Related Press that Texas and Oklahoma have been engaged on a transfer to the SEC for months, doing so whereas collaborating in Huge 12 technique conferences the place proprietary info was shared.

Bowlsby stated he suspects ESPN was concerned behind the scenes when Texas and Oklahoma had been in discussions with the SEC, however added that he has no proof of that. “This entire factor has been an entire articulation of deception,” he stated.

Data from the Related Press is included on this report.

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