Breaking my own rule regarding taking April off, but I saw some comments on the Big 12 ESPN+ deal that I think will need clarification by the schools.
The other part of the deal involves content that the schools have retained outside of agreements with ESPN and FOX Sports. Each school gets to keep a group of events to monetize for themselves, which includes a football game, some men's & women's basketball, baseball, softball and other sports. Sometimes they're called third tier agreements, sometimes they are notated as member retained content. Much of this content aired regionally, and sometimes nationally if the school was contracted to FOX Sports RSNs:
- Baylor: FOX Sports
- Iowa St: Cyclones.TV from Mediacom
- Kansas: Jayhawk TV Network (distributed to linear TV stations & ESPN+)
- Kansas St.: K-State HD TV (distributed to FOX Sports MW & ESPN3)
- Oklahoma: FOX Sports
- Oklahoma St.: FOX Sports
- TCU: FOX Sports
- Texas: Longhorn Network
- Texas Tech: FOX Sports
- West Virginia: Nexstar (distributed through AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh)
My initial thought is that the sale of the FOX Sports RSNs allowed for this mostly encompassing deal for this member retained content, while Texas will remain on Longhorn Network and Oklahoma (may?) stay with FOX Sports.
EDIT: Oklahoma's content deal with FOX Sports is a longer term deal than the other schools' deals. It runs through 2022, so if it were to join up with other Big 12 schools in this venture, it would be at that time and not over the two year "phase-in" that is occuring for the eight schools pledging their content.
Also, Iowa St. spelled out exactly what will occur with their Cyclones.TV channel. Live games will go to ESPN+, but the channel can continue to show press conferences and replays of live events.