Texas And Oklahoma Announce Plans To Leave Big 12, Join SEC

  • The Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners plan to leave the Big 12 in 2025.
  • Both schools will be joining the SEC, making the SEC the largest college football conference with 16 teams.
  • The Texas Longhorns are the wealthiest athletic program in the United States with $32 billion seen annually.

AUSTIN, Texas – Both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oklahoma publicized on Monday that they have decided to leave the Big 12 once their contracts are up in 2025. Each football program has found there to be greener pastures, especially of the monetary kind, if they join the SEC. While it was not made clear by either school about the conferences they hope to move to, all signs point to the SEC for both of them. This would make the SEC the biggest conference in college football with 16 teams.

“The University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Austin notified the Big 12 Athletic Conference today that they will not be renewing their grants of media rights following expiration in 2025,” said the two schools in a joint statement.

“Providing notice to the Big 12 at this point is important in advance of the expiration of the conference’s current media rights agreement. The universities intend to honor their existing grants of rights agreements. However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how to best position their athletics programs to the future.”

The Decision & The Future

The Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns are legendary for athletics with the fanbases to match. Together, they have 82 conference championships and 11 national championshipsSports betting operators always get plenty of action on betting lines when these teams have their seasonal schedules in play.

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This would be a huge gain for the SEC but it would come at a price for the schools and the conference. The Sooners and the Longhorns would need to pay $80 million each to the Big 12 for leaving rather than renewing their contracts. The SEC would have to pay ESPN about $300 million a year for ten years if they were to add both schools’ games to their conference. In the long run, the two teams would be able to revamp the SEC and shake up its current college football leaders that would make for some great betting with sportsbooks. Higher stakes games lead to higher stakes gambling.

Changes Ahead

SEC money would be something to look forward to for Texas and Oklahoma as they are expected to see $64 million annually, which is a $20 million addition to what they’ve been making in the Big 12. Funnily enough, the biggest, most funded athletic program in the nation is Texas with a worth of $32 billion each year so this would make the school that much richer.

The SEC could bypass the Big Ten with how much money is made yearly when they get Texas and Oklahoma on their side but only time will tell and there are still four years left of their contracts with the Big 12. However, this shakeup will definitely make college football betting that much more interesting come 2025.