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The Big 12 clearly is not happy that its two biggest brands are leaving for the SEC, and the league is alleging that ESPN may have played a role in that. Additionally, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby accused ESPN of trying to get another Big 12 school to move to a new conference. It is a fascinating dynamic, especially considering the Big 12 and ESPN are currently broadcast partners.

Big 12 commissioner attacks ESPN over alleged Texas, Oklahoma conspiracy
"I am absolutely certain ESPN employees have discussed and provided incentives for at least one conference to raid 3-5 members from the Big 12," Bowlsby told Dodd. "In doing so, they are prepared to reward them with future television proceeds. If the conference goes away as an entity, Oklahoma and Texas could be relieved from their exit obligations. Those obligations at this time would include the payment of $70M to $80M -- two years full revenue -- per school and leaving their media rights with the Big 12.

Big 12 commissioner alleges ESPN conspired with SEC, American to lure teams from conference - CBSSports.com
"[There are] two documents that govern our members," Bowlsby told CBS Sports. "One is the bylaws, and the other is the grant of rights. The bylaws go for 99 years; the grant of rights go until 2024-25. ESPN has been behind these moves every step of the way."

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