No more SEC on CBS after 2023 season?

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I'm curious what this means for conference realignment. I assumed the big ten and sec would be at least talking to other schools about expanding before negotiating a new TV contract. This article seems to imply tv negotiations are almost over already.
 
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I'm curious what this means for conference realignment. I assumed the big ten and sec would be at least talking to other schools about expanding before negotiating a new TV contract. This article seems to imply tv negotiations are almost over already.
Nothing is likely to happen in major conference realignment until rights deals expire & this is the sort of stuff that makes it more likely if the SEC is trying to pry someone loose. The gap between B1G/SEC and everyone else is significant, SEC is talking 6x money in tier 1 deal, at some point ACC/Big 12 take notice, but needs to be after rights deal expires & all depends if B1G/ SEC see it as advantageous. With changing dynamics of cable vs. streaming, I think it is less likely to make sense as time goes on or at least the bar gets higher, ND/Texas are likely always welcome, it probably is harder for the next Rutgers.
 
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Normal, Illinois
I'm hoping this means CBS adopts the model of the other major networks in showing games from multiple conferences.
 
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Nothing is likely to happen in major conference realignment until rights deals expire & this is the sort of stuff that makes it more likely if the SEC is trying to pry someone loose.
The Big 12’s grant of rights agreement runs through June of 2025. So, just one football season past the expiration of the SEC’s deal with CBS.

Those grant of rights deals are less painful as time passes. Only one football season left wouldn’t be enough to stop the SEC from gobbling up - for example - Texas and Oklahoma if a new television contract made it worthwhile.
 
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The Big 12’s grant of rights agreement runs through June of 2025. So, just one football season past the expiration of the SEC’s deal with CBS.

Those grant of rights deals are less painful as time passes. Only one football season left wouldn’t be enough to stop the SEC from gobbling up - for example - Texas and Oklahoma if a new television contract made it worthwhile.
So that's fair, I don't disagree that near the expiration might work, I would argue that was the "likely to happen..." in my post.

I would still bet, any realignment would be set to take effect in 2025, at the end of the day money is the driver & I don't expect either side wants to leave a year early & give up the media money vs. hanging around another year and collecting the paycheck. ($ > dealing with unhappy jilted conference foes)

Regardless, to the scope of the original post, there is/was little to no chance of anything happening now & this new SEC contract isn't waiting on more conference alignment. I was too lazy to look up timing for Grant of Rights, but this contract timing suggests to me that it is the bridge to the next potential realignment, if that is still the flavor in 2024/25 timeline.
 
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