Commissioner Bob Bowlsby addresses attendees to Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Monday, July 20, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Big 12 football title game will resume in 2017

League will distribute $30.4 million to each of its 10 members

Posted June 3rd, 2016

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IRVING — The Big 12 board of directors voted unanimously on Friday to bring back the league’s football championship game for the 2017 season, league commissioner Bob Bowlsby said.

League presidents did not make any final decisions on how the participants would be determined or any major structural changes in the scheduling.

“We have a lot of details to work out, but we have a year to go henceforth,” Bowlsby said.

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Asked if the league would eventually go to divisions, Bowlsby said, “In all likelihood.”

Oklahoma president David Boren said it was “strong, unanimous support” for a new title game after seeing the data presented. Financially, a new title game could be worth anywhere from “$27-28” million for the league, Boren said.

“It was very, very convincing,” Boren said. “Having that 13th data point very helpful in terms of our competitive position.”

Fox will broadcast the title game in odd-numbered years; ESPN will get it in even-numbered years. Thus, Fox will broadcast the first title game in 2017. The deal runs through 2024.

Also, the league announced a record distribution total of $30.4 million to each of its 10 members. Bowlsby said younger members like West Virginia and TCU will each get a full share.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

BIG 12 TITLE GAMES

There were 15 Big 12 championship games played, from the first year of the conference in 1996 — Texas’ infamous “Roll Left” play that helped upset Nebraska — till 2010, the last year that Nebraska and Colorado were conference members. A look at those games’ results and where they were played:

1996: Texas 37, (3) Nebraska 27 — Trans World Dome, St. Louis

1997: (2) Nebraska 54, (14) Texas A&M 15 — Alamodome, San Antonio

1998: (10) Texas A&M 36, (2) Kansas State 33 — Trans World Dome, St. Louis

1999: (2) Nebraska 22, (12) Texas 6 — Alamodome, San Antonio

2000: (1) Oklahoma 27, (8) Kansas State 24 — Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

2001: (9) Colorado 39, (3) Texas 37 — Texas Stadium, Irving

2002: (8) Oklahoma 29, (12) Colorado 7 — Reliant Stadium, Houston

2003: (13) Kansas State 35, (1) Oklahoma 7 — Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

2004: (2) Oklahoma 42, Colorado 3 — Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

2005: (2) Texas 70, Colorado 3 — Reliant Stadium, Houston

2006: (8) Oklahoma 21, (19) Nebraska 7 — Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

2007: (9) Oklahoma 38, (1) Missouri 17 — Alamodome, San Antonio

2008: (4) Oklahoma 62, (19) Missouri 21 — Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

2009: (3) Texas 13, (21) Nebraska 12 — Cowboys Stadium, Arlington

2010: (10) Oklahoma 23, (13) Nebraska 20 — Cowboys Stadium, Arlington

 

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