slappybrown wrote:The damage I was going for in my scenario is the damage caused by lack of access, not dollars. How do you price potential access to the playoff and the diminished possibilities of same when you're not in the BigXII?
Also, my understanding of the grant of rights is that the BigXII owns the rights and are in the BigXII's name. Say Texas leaves -- do they sue for rescission? DO they sue the media partners who pay on those rights and demand that the payments not be made to the BigXII?
They'll still have access to the playoff dollars. The 5 remaining conferences signed a TV contract with ESPN where they all get paid. That's why the Big East continues to be treated like a power conference until 2014 even though it's not the same conference as when the BCS deal was done. As long as a Big 12 exists, they'll have access to the money, the bowl agreement w/the SEC, etc.http://espn.go.com/college-football/sto ... inal-games
The ACC, Pac 12, B1G, Big 12 and SEC are each going to get large chunks. Once that deal is signed, it's not changing for 12 years which is the life of the TV contract. If UT leaves then the contracts will probably go away, but that's not the court's problem.
I imagine if UT leaves either they'll sue the conference or the conference members will sue them, and it all gets worked out with a large settlement out of court.