Big 12 commish eyes adding schools ‘out West’

Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark isn’t bashful about his expansion strategy. He wants to go west. Speaking Wednesday during a visit to future Big 12 member Cincinnati, Yormark told reporters that the league would be interested in adding members from the Pacific time zone. The new commissioner has taken a bold approach toward expansion, saying … Read more

Big Ten completes $7B deal with Fox, CBS, NBC

The Big Ten has completed a new seven-year media rights agreement with Fox, CBS and NBC that is set to bring in more than $7 billion to one of the nation’s most powerful athletic conferences. The deal will begin July 1, 2023, and run through the end of the 2029-30 athletic year. Specific terms were … Read more

Sources: CFP mulls breaking football out of NCAA

4:48 PM ET Pete ThamelESPN The 11 college presidents and chancellors who make up the College Football Playoff’s Board of Managers met via Zoom on Monday and began a discussion that could reshape the future of college sports, sources told ESPN. Multiple sources told ESPN that the Board of Managers briefly discussed the possibility of … Read more

USC, UCLA exits could cost Pac-12 schools $13M

LOS ANGELES — The departures of USC and UCLA from the Pac-12 Conference could mean an estimated loss of around $13 million per year in media rights for each of the remaining schools, according to an interim report issued by University of California Office of the President. The report was released Wednesday during a Board … Read more

ChiSox launch NIL initiative with college athletes

The Chicago White Sox announced a new name, image and likeness and mentorship program geared toward college student-athletes as White Sox ambassadors. The program, called CHISOX Athlete, will focus on financial and professional marketing opportunities by offering social media promotions, access to professional resources within the organization’s front office and career mentorship with sports executives. … Read more

Stoops on Calipari football dig: ‘I stay in my lane’

A passionate Mark Stoops defended the Kentucky football program on Saturday after comments earlier in the week from men’s basketball coach John Calipari in which he called the university a “basketball school.” Stoops responded immediately on Thursday, tweeting, “Basketball school? I thought we competed in the SEC?” He spoke publicly for the first time on … Read more

Wake Forest star QB Hartman out indefinitely

Wake Forest will be without starting quarterback Sam Hartman for “an extended period of time” because of a non-football-related issue, the school announced Wednesday, but head coach Dave Clawson insisted Hartman will return at some point this season. Clawson said Hartman underwent “a medical procedure” Tuesday night after seeking medical attention during a workout earlier … Read more

Retweet riches: Pac-12 launches highlights deal

2:42 PM ET Paolo UggettiESPN Pac-12 athletes will now be able to get something more than retweets for their highlights. On Thursday, the conference announced an initiative alongside Twitter, NIL marketplace Opendorse and sports technology startup Tempus Ex Machina that will allow football and men’s and women’s basketball players to monetize videos of their top … Read more