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Reports say Big 12 fighting back … at ESPN; Aggies voting yes

Big 12 makes rather humorous attempt to keep league together and A&M officially voting for expansion.

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Well, things may be getting interesting now that Texas and Oklahoma have officially told the Big 12 what they are going to do.

And Thursday’s vote is probably going to be unanimous:

But the main news of the day is the Big 12 making a rather futile attempt at trying to keeping things together by sending ESPN a cease-and-desist letter.

According to Pete Thamel at Yahoo Sports, now the lawyers are getting involved.

This also lends some credibility to the reports earlier today that ESPN was being the chief broker in the Longhorns and Sooners apparently heading to the SEC.

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There will be updates to that story that sounds like it may mean something, but has nothing to do with Texas and OU, but a desperate attempt to keep ESPN from trying to broker deals for other schools.

Meanwhile, it was reported late Wednesday afternoon by Chip Brown of Horns247 that a high-level source said the SEC presidents were expected Thursday to approve the two teams becoming the 15th and 16th members of the conference.

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Horns247 also reported Tuesday, according to a source, that the roughly $160 million ESPN still owes Texas for the final 10 years of a 20-year, $300 million contract for the Longhorn Network could be used for the Big 12 buyouts of Texas and Oklahoma.

ESPN has a vested interest in getting Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC by 2024, when ESPN takes over exclusive broadcast rights to football and men’s basketball in the SEC.

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