Video: On the SEC, the Big 12 and their confusing bowl game

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May 22nd, 2012
6:30 pm


Mark Bradley

May 22nd, 2012
6:38 pm

Kudos indeed, Midaz.


May 22nd, 2012
7:05 pm

This bowl game really has nothing to do with the 2 champions of the conference meeting, but rather the conferences putting this game on without the assist of a bowl committee. This means that the two conferences will retain all the revenues of this bowl. They’ll be able to bid out the sites, sponsorships, television contracts, etc. This will be a cash cow for both of these leagues, which is all this game is about. On the surface, it’s not designed to play the 2 champions, which would never happen, it’s about re-inventing the bowl system, and the SEC and Big 12 realize that they can do this without the assistance of a bowl committee (that takes a substantial amount of money away from the schools and conferences).


May 22nd, 2012
7:12 pm

Mark, your columns are great. I miss Furman, but you help make up for it!

Bounty Hunter

May 22nd, 2012
7:15 pm

Last year it would have been Kansas State vs Arkansas.

Bounty Hunter

May 22nd, 2012
7:17 pm

I mean Oklahoma State vs Arkansas.

Beast from the East

May 22nd, 2012
7:27 pm

I agree with you 100%.

You never cracked a smile. Not too comfortable on the tube?


May 22nd, 2012
7:29 pm

Good to see you in person, Mark. It really makes no sense but these conferences know something that we don’t about what’s coming and are angling for the biggest payday. If not a semifinal for the playoff this game will feature two non-champions most years.


May 22nd, 2012
7:54 pm

BOWLS-The Worldwide Leader in Revenue for Sports. Sometimes the Rose Bowl is not even the second runner up bowl yet it is “The granddaddy of them all” lol


May 22nd, 2012
7:58 pm

Got to be something we don’t know about in play here.


May 22nd, 2012
8:21 pm

Really, the B12 only has two teams TX and OK that have any substantial star power. The only way they really can remain a power is for FSU or some other big programs to join. Their footprint will also start to resemble the Big East unless they pull at least 4 teams from the ACC. If they take FSU, Clemson, GT, and VT this will draw a line right through SEC country and the SEC will not allow that to happen. SEC only has two spots available unless they go to 20 which they will not. This can either be VT and NCst for new markets or FSU and Clemson to secure the south. This leaves GT surrounded…which either means death to GT football; or, GT becomes a nuisance as the gateway for another league to access the ATL market. I hope ND joins the ACC and all others remain. The ACC will be very powerful and the B12 with Iowa State and all their other schools will be marginal at best as many Texas players will head to A&M.


May 22nd, 2012
8:37 pm

First, their own bowl game–split millions with no bowl committee sucking away cash

Second, the SEC forms their own network for big money, instead of getting chump change from ESPN and CBS. The SEC teams will be making $10-$20 million more per season once they get these deals done.

Paul in NH

May 22nd, 2012
9:21 pm

Mark – I think you alluded to what this deal is all about. I may be a little cynical here, but in my opinion, Slive and the SEC is driving this deal. It is about the SEC eliminating their weaker local rival as a competitor for the big TV $ and the Big XII, as a weaker partner, is signing on to reinvigorate themselves. The “Big 6″ had pretty much dropped to a “Big 5″ with WVU, Pitt and Syracuse leaving the Big East. This deal is dropping things to a “Big 4″ and unless the Big XII picks off some marquee names, we are on our way to 3 power conferences (sucking up the majority of the money) and the rest.

Rick James

May 22nd, 2012
10:06 pm

Great job Mark..


May 22nd, 2012
10:15 pm

just for men?

Joe 12-Pack

May 22nd, 2012
10:55 pm

I’m with you MB. This is a strange move to have this game. Especially for the SEC who basically threw the Big 12 a rescue rope when they were on the brink of destruction.


May 23rd, 2012
11:03 am

Not interesting or informative at all. Not even “dizzying” as the rando Noah called it. There is obviously more to this deal than any of us know about but we can logically speculate what this could mean in the future. Mikes post up at the top brought up a great point about re-inventing the bowl system. While re-inventing may be too strong a word to use, it certainly appears as though these two conferences are looking to go in a different direction with their post-seasons. About time.

Jack Burch

May 23rd, 2012
5:13 pm

Enjoyed the video but please pass along to the crack AJC web team that it doesn’t show up in a Chrome browser. IE Explorer worked fine.