Gazette-Mail - What can you tell us about possible expansion?
Bowlsby - For every conference out there, you're having ongoing discussions about expansion, whether anything happens or not. With all that's gone on, you have to. Everyone will keep it in the front of their minds.
Gazette-Mail - Are there any active negotiations with any other schools concerning Big 12 membership?
Bowlsby - No.
Gazette-Mail - What's your view on membership? Is the current 10-school model all right or should there be more?
Bowlsby - I don't think there's anything at all wrong with 10. Every league has to make its own decision based on membership. I think you only consider adding schools that make a substantial impact.
I think it ought to be a very difficult fraternity to get into.
Gazette-Mail - We've heard reports about the 13-year, $2.6 billion television deal with ESPN and Fox. When will the official announcement be made?
Bowlsby - Generally speaking, we've already come to terms. [The announcement] will be made in the coming weeks or months.
Gazette-Mail - Please clear up the issue concerning schools granting media rights to the league. Schools agreed to grant the rights for a minimum of six years, but then word came that was extended to 13 years. Has that agreement been signed?
Bowlsby - It has been extended to 13 years and it has been signed.
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