The cease and desist letter alleges that ESPN “has taken certain actions that are intended to not only harm the Big 12 Conference but to result in financial benefits for ESPN.”
Bowlsby elaborated to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd and David Cobb that he believes the Worldwide Leader was involved in trying to get the AAC to pursue 3-5 other Big 12 members.
“I am absolutely certain ESPN employees have discussed and provided incentives for [the AAC] to raid 3-5 members from the Big 12,” Bowlsby said. “In doing so, they are prepared to reward them with future television proceeds. If the conference goes away as an entity, Oklahoma and Texas could be relieved from their exit obligations. Those obligations at this time would include the payment of $70M to $80M — two years full revenue — per school and leaving their media rights with the Big 12.