The talks of adding Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC are not one-sided. There are multiple reports this evening that the SEC is interested in bringing both teams on board, with one source telling Brett McMurphy that Texas will notify the Big 12 within the next week that it does not want to extend its media grant of rights, which expires in 2025. Another source said the reason the SEC would be interested in the expansion is it would increase the SEC Network’s footprint, which could allow ESPN to raise its subscription rates. (Money, money, money!)
Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger is also hearing that Texas and Oklahoma have made “serious” inquiries with the SEC about joining and are currently developing exit strategies from the Big 12. For the move to happen, three fourths of the league, or 11 of the 14 teams, will need to approve adding Texas and Oklahoma. According to Pete Thamel, that won’t be as difficult as you might think.
Spoke to a few more sources about OU-Texas to the SEC. Few things. They are tied tightly together. A&M's very public objections are the strongest, and getting 11 of the 14 votes doesn't appear to be an issue. Things could move quickly. More soon here….. https://t.co/HHRW1ZXTPm
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) July 22, 2021