There's an article behind the DMN paywall ($) so I won't link here, but Chuck Carlton's opus in the Sunday edition on Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby is worth a read. I was pretty amped to take a few things away from the article, namely:
- Conference revenue continues to rise, to the point where the realistic expectation is for the conference to distribute a whopping $30 million per team as of 2014. By my take, that's an astounding figure.
- The Big 12 and ACC are talking a football scheduling alliance, including neutral site games.
- The Big 12 and Pac 12 are chatting about a partnership in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl that would include a dynamic similar to the Champions Bowl arrangement between the Big 12 / SEC, which is to say that the conferences would actually help operate the bowl, as opposed to merely fill slots as invited guests.
- And this breath of fresh air: Bowlsby's stated preference of working with conferences as opposed to raiding them, including the revelation that the Big 12 legal team actually provided guidance to the ACC in building the granting of rights waiver that helped to stabilize that league (and it can be argued, effectively stunted major realignment, at least for the foreseeable future).