The SEC is dead. Long live the SEC.

Welp, it looks like they got ‘er done.

Texas and Oklahoma’s path to the SEC in 2024 has been cleared.

The Longhorns and Sooners have finalized an agreement with the Big 12, as well as its television partners, to exit the league one year earlier than scheduled, sources tell Sports Illustrated. Under the agreement, the schools would join the SEC in July 2024, in time to participate in the ’24 football season.

The agreement ends several months of discussions for an early separation and comes just days after negotiation snags seemed to trigger reports of an altogether end to talks—something refuted to SI by multiple sources last week. Turns out, the parties—specifically networks ESPN and Fox—restarted negotiations soon after the latest hitch and were steered toward a compromise by self-proclaimed dealmaker Brett Yormark, the brash Big 12 commissioner who seven months into his tenure has scored a lucrative victory for his legacy schools.

As might be expected, there are a lot of moving parts to this deal.

Left unsaid there is perhaps the biggest piece of the puzzle yet to be determined, the reshaping of the SEC’s contract with ESPN for broadcast rights, which kicks in, not coincidently, in 2024.

It’s definitely the end of an era for the Southeastern Conference, as it’s widely expected that this season will mark the last with divisional play.  But there’s all that new money coming!



Filed under Big 12 Football, ESPN Is The Devil, Fox Sports Numbs My Brain, SEC Football

10 responses to “The SEC is dead. Long live the SEC.

  1. dawg100

    I still think the 12 team format, with conference champs getting home field, hurts SEC and Big 10. So, what’s left of the Big 12, PAC and ACC basically get a great deal for their champs.

    Not sure why WE needed that format.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. RangerRuss

    Back to back rings.
    Get off my lawn.

    Liked by 6 people

  3. akascuba

    It’s always follow the money.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. NotMyCrossToBear

    Fuck this.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Wow. Texas is desperate and I’m not sure why. They usually don’t play the long game down there.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Catfish

    Coming soon:
    ESPN/SEC Present: CFB as the Mouse wants it.
    I hate Mice!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. uga97

    Congrats mizzou, yer the new Vandy.


  8. Well, that sucks! Wish they were never coming