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Very definitely non-key, but still funny.


Only thing missing is flames so it is 'hot garbage.'
 

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The Dude comes out of protected status to deliver this whopper of a story:

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
Yesterday I saw the economic impact reports of OU and UT leaving the Big 12. They made me sick to my stomach.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
This transcends sports. It’s just wrong. Especially when OU and Texas forced the Big 12 into decisions that make the impact of their leaving worse than it would have been otherwise.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
For example, the Big 12 would be in a much better position today had it expanded in 2016. It didn’t expand because of Texas and OU.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
I was a Longhorn before I was a Mountaineer. The very first football game I watched was Texas & Arkansas. I hate saying this.., Texas is a cancer.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
According to the report, WVU faces less economic harm than its mates in the Big 12, but the loss of ancillary revenue for WVU is over $100 million. For others estimates eclipse $250 million.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
I’m in over my head on this one. I don’t have the talent, time or resources to do this justice. I’m sick. I’m not getting better, and I’m just not suited for this. But what happened offended me. And if you knew the details it would offend you too.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
I’ve never had less faith in the legitimate media. They refuse to address the real story. They are failing to do the research, not consulting with the right experts, and reporting less than accurate details.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
If nobody else is willing to go to bat, then I have to try. Even if I strike out and look like a fool in doing so.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
I believe ESPN, already hit hard with cord cutting, lost billions in advertising revenue because of COVID.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
I believe OU and Texas agreed, in principle, to extend the Big 12 grant of rights as a prelude to contract negotiations with ESPN & Fox. ESPN, after receiving word of the Big 12’s interest in early negotiations, informed Texas it would no longer pay a premium for Big 12 rights.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
ESPN also notified Texas it exercise options to end LH network. ESPN influenced Texas to recruit OU and engineered their eventual move to the SEC.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
ESPN, having arranged the move to the SEC, refused to begin talks with the Big 12. OU and Texas used that refusal to back out of their agreement to extend the GoR.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
The Big 12 must add two. I believe those two will be BYU and UCF. They must replace OU and UT as part of their duty to mitigate damages. They must add at least two because their contract is void without at least 10 members.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
As for the SEC. I’m told the SEC had always been reluctant to accept to expand membership in cases where doing so likely killed the conference. They were encouraged by ESPN to accept OU and UT.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
The SEC and Big 12 had a longstanding gentleman’s agreement that precludes the Big 12 expanding into SEC territory and the SEC from poaching from the Big 12. The sugar bowl deal was offspring of that agreement.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
I believe the Big 12 has evidence proving ESPN’s tampering. I believe UT became part of the scheme when it recruited OU. I believe both OU and UT acted in bad faith as Big 12 members.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
According to the economic impact projections the Big 8 face ancillary losses of revenue that near $1 billion (combined). What’s ESPN’s potential liability now?

Dun Woody@dun1870gc·4h
Replying to @theDudeofWV
This is great incestigaticework and it demands someone other than Bowlsby, anyone, like Luck, should be holding ESPN's feet to the fire and negotiating a "make good deal" for Big12: $, alliance with SEC, bowls, time slots, etc

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
It fell into my lap. I wish I didn’t know.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
It would be in a much better place had it not traded pro rata for CCG money.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
The Big 12 should show its cards to the world.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
The Big 12 scandal has the potential to fundamentally change the economics of college sports and expose levels of greed and plotting never imagined.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
Who sets the market value for OU & UT? The same organization who tampered with the Big 12 and needs them to go away.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
Just so you understand. ESPN faces massive liability, yet they get to unilaterally decide the value of the Big 8 without providing any substantiation for their appraisal. Do you see anything wrong with that?

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
How can the national media not recognize the conflict of interest? ESPN needs the Big 12 to dissolve. Or they going to squeeze the Big 12?

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
The other big takeaway is the days of ESPN paying premium for college sports are over.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·4h
And the national media… where do you think their value is estimates come from? Who is telling them the Big 8 is worth $12-14m?

FreeMason@kenneyclone·3h
Bob Bowlsby is... Bowlsby should have kept his mouth shut. Media ran with Bowlsby narrative. There is no way Big 8 value is 12-14 mil... KU Tier 3 deal alone is near $10 mil. WV is $8-$9 mil? Etc. There is no way you can tell me that Jim Fisher is more valuable than WV program

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·3h
WVU's was $7 to $12M. Before they gave ESPN T3 rights.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·3h
The Iowa, Kansas, Texas and West Virginia legislatures need to appropriate gap funds for Big 8 schools until they can negotiate a new contract. I suggest Texas takes the money given to Baylor, TCU and TTU from UT's SEC share.

Brett Broyles@BrettTBroyles·3h
TCU and Baylor are private, therefore they won’t receive financial support out of Austin.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·3h
They should...

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·3h
Expect the Big 12 to pursue traditional revenue options including a sports betting partnership that perhaps includes NFL-like injury reports.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·3h
Amazon and DAZN have already expressed interest in Big 12 media rights.

Louis Oliverio@LouisOliverio·3h
Would kill recruiting. The money may be better but no one would see the B12 on TV other than the loyal fans.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·3h
Big 12 would still be on traditional TV. Just most games streaming.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·5h
I’ve consulted with several attorneys who advise that ESPN and UT potentially have massive liability that could easily exceed $200 billion dollars. I had not seen the economic impact projections yet.

Shawn@McCoyShawn13·3h
Nothing is going to happen

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·3h
It's already started.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·3h
But if ESPN and the Big 12 don't quietly settle, walls are coming down. State AG's pursuing antitrust suits, Federal antitrust suits, dirty laundry revealed by discovery. And millions in legal fees.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·3h
Look, I expect ESPN and the Big 8 reach some type of deal. They have to, else its going to get very bad for both. I expect the Big 12 to have a new primary broadcast partner. My bet is both Amazon and DAZN share rights much like ESPN and Fox do now.
Holy Cow. I don't care how the sausage is made, but can someone give me review of about a dozen words?
 
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Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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It’s BYU and UCF. Then wait and reassess.


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV
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BYU and UCF are set to be invited to join the Big 12.


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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It’s BYU and UCF. Then chill….

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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Do yourself a favor. Find TV ratings for G5 schools the last five years. Average them out… that’s the litmus test.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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The Big 12 is concerned primarily with TV ratings, then market share. There’s absolutely no question as to who those two programs are… BYU and UCF. BYU is a peer. UCF does very well in their home market - Orlando. There’s nobody close to those two.


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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If the Big 12 adds more than 2 before the next TV contract - THEY LOSE MONEY. And it’s the next TV contract that determines if they add more than replacements for OU & UT. I think they do, but we’ll have to wait & see.


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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Houston isn’t getting into the Big 12. That door is closed, locked and the key thrown away. No more Texas schools. Zilch, nada. No SMU, no Rice, no more Texas schools.


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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I have data I’ve been reluctant to share because I don’t want to be the bad guy. But the metrics on a few of the candidates the media mentions and others parrot are truly horrible.


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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On the the most mentioned Big 12 candidates inflates attendance by 50%. Almost half their athletic budget is institutional support, and their tv ratings are shockingly low.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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Another oft mentioned candidate lacks fan interest to the point where they inflated attendance by over 50% in a very good year and debuting a new stadium. They also had poor tv ratings. Their tv ratings in their home market were so low they didn’t measure.


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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People who claim otherwise don’t know what they’re talking about. They haven’t looked at any data or thought of how additions impact revenues. The haven’t looked at financial statements or NCAA reports.
 

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Gold and Blue Dude is turning out to be even more delusional than the Dude of WV, and that's a high hurdle to get over in the delusion department.
Yeah, but it is completely on brand for a West Virginia CR guy.
 
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Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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I made a critical mistake and I owe Cincinnati and Houston an apology. A friend, whom I hadn’t spoken to in years, pointed out I had become so lost in valuation metrics that I forgot the most important value equation: quality is value.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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The Big 12 got it right. They looked at programs and judged them on their passion for football & ability to win. All the other metrics were just noise confusing the issue.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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BYU is a proven winner. The same for the Bearcats and Knights. Houston was won big with consistency. The Big 12 recognized quality is value and always pays off in the long run.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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It took Oliver Luck to convince them to throw the metrics out the window and look at actual accomplishments, but they got the message. They made the right call.


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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I got lost in the metrics. The Big 12 is adding four programs who are passionate about football. Four programs who are proven winners. Quality is value. How many times have I said that about WVU?


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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I adopted the mindset of those I detest. The people who judge a program using metrics that should highlight the programs heart and soul rather than detract from its perceived value. It’s easy to win when you have the resources of Texas.
 
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Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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I made a critical mistake and I owe Cincinnati and Houston an apology. A friend, whom I hadn’t spoken to in years, pointed out I had become so lost in valuation metrics that I forgot the most important value equation: quality is value.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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The Big 12 got it right. They looked at programs and judged them on their passion for football & ability to win. All the other metrics were just noise confusing the issue.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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BYU is a proven winner. The same for the Bearcats and Knights. Houston was won big with consistency. The Big 12 recognized quality is value and always pays off in the long run.

Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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It took Oliver Luck to convince them to throw the metrics out the window and look at actual accomplishments, but they got the message. They made the right call.


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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I got lost in the metrics. The Big 12 is adding four programs who are passionate about football. Four programs who are proven winners. Quality is value. How many times have I said that about WVU?


Christopher Lambert@theDudeofWV·
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I adopted the mindset of those I detest. The people who judge a program using metrics that should highlight the programs heart and soul rather than detract from its perceived value. It’s easy to win when you have the resources of Texas.
The tale of a guy in the middle of nowhere sitting at his kitchen table who thinks he can make people believe he's almost sitting in the conference's offices instead of at his kitchen table. Dude rants translated, he trashes Houston because Holgorsen left WV to go there, and he worries Cincy will own them as they already recruit with them, and are higher ranked than them even in the AAC.
 
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He still hasn't given up on the "dream". Of course, needing to keep people clicking in must be a major factor...

 
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MH ver3@MH ver3·2h
Houston and BYU applications are in. BYU has requested an exclusion to allow certain games of theirs to be simulcast on their network. Shouldn’t be an issue since these are not revenue sports.

BPaiz@bpaiz·2h
Has UCF and Cincy put theirs in yet?

MH ver3@MH ver3·2h
See my tweet immediately following the one you commented on.

MH ver3@MH ver3·2h
BYU did not ask for a full share of revenue from day 1.

Dan Gygax@TheOtherGygax·2h
Will BYU still be able to keep @byutv as a way to broadcast their Olympic sports?

MH ver3@MH ver3·2h
But only as a simulcast in some situations.

MH ver3@MH ver3·2h
Rumor going around the AD today is that Kansas and ISU were both given a firm and “final” thanks but no thanks from the B1G. WVU still has hope that an ACC invite will come by 2025 but are pushing ahead as if none is coming.

MH ver3@MH ver3·2h
Looks like the Alliance has quelled non-SEC cannibalization for the short term anyway. Promises were made and hopes were high but in the end everyone cooled down. For now.

MH ver3@MH ver3·2h
Also hearing today that Bob Bowlsby will be stepping down and retiring after he helps the new B12 secure their next tv contract.

MH ver3@MH ver3·2h
Which may actually come much sooner than 2025 if things keep trending as they have been and we let TXOU out early to benefit the networks and secure a good tv payout in return.

Murr@MurrDCU·2h
Will thee be written down payouts if Big 12 adds more teams included in new tv contact or will Big 12 add more next year per the Thamel article

MH ver3@MH ver3·1h
All teams added will have a buy in period.

MH ver3@MH ver3·1h
Cincinnati application was turned in about 20 minutes ago per my source.

MH ver3@MH ver3·2h
Cincy board are meeting now and their application is expected in by 8pm. UCF should have theirs in in the morning

Ice Devil of Carlsbad@IceDevilCA·42m
UCF had other priorities today. Or maybe the typist was absent.

MH ver3@MH ver3·39m
Actually I’m told it was because of other engagements with some of the board that couldn’t be present. They are meeting at 8am tomorrow.
 
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MH ver3@MH ver3·3h
So here’s the divisions it appears that they have settled on:

East: WVU, UC, UCF, Kansas, Kstate, ISU
West: TT, BYU, OSU, Baylor, TCU, Houston
 
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MH ver3@MH ver3·3h
So here’s the divisions it appears that they have settled on:

East: WVU, UC, UCF, Kansas, Kstate, ISU
West: TT, BYU, OSU, Baylor, TCU, Houston
What a mess.

Huggy Bear: UC, WVU
Bonnie & Clyde: Baylor, Houston, ISU, Kansas, K-state, OSU, TCU, TT
Independents?: BYU, UCF
 
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MH ver3@MH ver3·3h
So here’s the divisions it appears that they have settled on:

East: WVU, UC, UCF, Kansas, Kstate, ISU
West: TT, BYU, OSU, Baylor, TCU, Houston
Whelp as if you needed ay doubt how full of crap he is, this is exactly how the division WON'T be divided. It's already been said they'll split up the Texas schools so every team has a road Texas game every year.
 

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These realignment "experts" must be in their 40's or 50's by now. It is weird that we have had to listen to the 4-5 same realignment "experts" for the last 20 years. I wonder why no one else joined this cosplay.
 
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These realignment "experts" must be in their 40's or 50's by now. It is weird that we have had to listen to the 4-5 same realignment "experts" for the last 20 years. I wonder why no one else joined this cosplay.
Probably because no one other than a university president and the AD really has any clue of what will happen and when. Everyone else is just guessing and provides no value and honestly it's a waste of time.
 

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Whelp as if you needed ay doubt how full of crap he is, this is exactly how the division WON'T be divided. It's already been said they'll split up the Texas schools so every team has a road Texas game every year.
If they go with a nine-game schedule, you would automatically get a home and away game with a Texas school with that alignment.
 
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