Former Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe tells ESPN.com that a guy named Harvey Perlman fought hard against Beebe’s proposal two years ago to equally share revenue from TV rights.
He says the Cornhuskers stood in the way of a revenue-sharing proposal that has been adopted since Beebe’s ouster.
“It could have kept all 12 together,” Beebe said Saturday, nearly three weeks after his contract was bought out by the Big 12 board of directors on Sept. 22. “I proposed it two years ago when Nebraska and Colorado were in the league as we prepared for our television negotiations we did last spring.”
Beebe said none of the Big 12’s recent defections had to occur.
“I asked for them to consider it,” Beebe said of the revenue-sharing pact. “Nebraska was one of the biggest objectors of equal revenue rights, and their president Harvey Perlman said that. We could have done this two years ago and none of this would have happened.”
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Seems like an appropriate time to read this story — The Shame of College Sports – The Atlantic — doesn’t it?
It’s a long one, but worth the time. Read it. (And tell me that video of author, Taylor Branch, doesn’t remind you of LJS’s Don Walton…)
But if you don’t give a hoot whether schools like UNL make millions of dollars off the backs of often poor, African American college athletes, and you’re more interested in reading about estrogen than testosterone — you can always read this hilarious column about menopause called The Bitch Is Back.