Big 12 Send Cease and Desist to ESPN

AuH2O

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Assuming all the facts in the letter are correct it’s not enough to go to court with.
They aren't going to present evidence in a Cease and Desist letter or a formal response. I'm not sure what facts there even are in the two letters. It's Bowlsby saying you did something wrong and ESPN saying they didn't. But at this point I'm not sure how any of us can say there is a great case or no case. We just don't know what Bowlsby has.

While I overwhelmingly expect this to get settled, IF it made it to court I certainly wouldn't be surprised if the result was that UT and OU were compelled by ESPN to talk to the SEC, they didn't notify the other teams, so the GoR cash gets paid, and the rest of the members have the ability to then go their own way and dissolve immediately after without recourse by OU and UT. And that's that.

Where it could get messy would be if UT and/or OU were part of negotiations with ESPN on behalf of the Big 12 while there is proof they were in active discussions with the SEC to join without disclosing that to the rest of the Big 12. Then they have every motivation to torpedo those negotiations.
 
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They aren't going to present evidence in a Cease and Desist letter or a formal response. I'm not sure what facts there even are in the two letters. It's Bowlsby saying you did something wrong and ESPN saying they didn't. But at this point I'm not sure how any of us can say there is a great case or no case. We just don't know what Bowlsby has.

While I overwhelmingly expect this to get settled, IF it made it to court I certainly wouldn't be surprised if the result was that UT and OU were compelled by ESPN to talk to the SEC, they didn't notify the other teams, so the GoR cash gets paid, and the rest of the members have the ability to then go their own way and dissolve immediately after without recourse by OU and UT. And that's that.

Where it could get messy would be if UT and/or OU were part of negotiations with ESPN on behalf of the Big 12 while there is proof they were in active discussions with the SEC to join without disclosing that to the rest of the Big 12. Then they have every motivation to torpedo those negotiations.


i was confused by that assertion as well. They’re not going to document all the information they were given in a publicly released statement

and bowlsby wouldn’t have issued the letter without having conference legal department input.

who knows, maybe @Halincandenza is part of the big 12 counsel, and is trying to soften the blow for everyone. If they are, it’s weird they’re posting here though
 

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Has there ever been any sort of lawsuit close to this in any other sport? This seems new territory. Other than team TexOUdus (Texas, OU, SEC, ESPN) everyone else ought to be behind Bowlsby if what he claims is true. Just might save the college game depending on the ramifications.
 
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I have seen nothing for a court case at this point. AAC didn’t actually take teams away. Conference is still together and contract remains in place. This will end with a settlement with OU and Texas paying to get out of the league.
Here's the thing tex n ok already violated the conference bylaws by actively plotting to better position themselves (without telling the league) resulting in actual detriment to said league both financially and in standing. If ESPN orchestrated this they are very much legally liable because they actively sought to destroy their current contract with the league. That doesn't even include the liability of other lawsuits from our other media contracts. You can't just interfere with another entity that your in a contract with that literally the definition of Tortious interference. the legal term that describes an intentional interference with contractual relations. The definition of tortious interference includes the wrongful interference in a business relationship which helloooo is exactly what they did.
 
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Ok so obviously we are all pissed about all of this from a fan perspective but can ESPN people stop making thins whole situation worse. I love my Disney stock but stuff like this is damaging the company a ton. My question is when do the Disney people step in and do damage control for ESPN?

When it comes to expanded playoff, I could imagine SEC pitching something like this: Conference is divided into 4 quads/pods, winner of each gets a bid to the playoff (seeding process of the full field would remain intact based on ranking). So league is guaranteed 4 (and could get an at-large on top of it if there's no bid limit). Otherwise it demands to keep playoff at 4 or no more than 6.

Sure, other leagues could make the same type of demand, but outside of B1G nobody would bend over for it. "The Network" would sign off on SEC proposal in a microsecond.
 

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