Monday, July 15, 2019
Arlington, TX. – Monday morning the 2019 Big 12 Football Media Days kicked off with Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby addressing the media bright and early Monday morning. Commissioner Bowlsby opened the conference with his dry humor, pointing out that this marks the time in the year to lament the end of summer, joking “This is the time of year when all hell breaks loose . . .”
Bowlsby opened the day with a recap of the 2018-2019 academic year, highlighting the highs that the conference saw including four national championship titles across the conference in varying sports. The Commissioner touched on the finances of the conference, noting that the conference dispersed 93% of revenue funds, keeping 7% of the funds for housekeeping, legal fees, et cetera.
Bowlsby commented on the four new head coaches in the conference, making it a point to note that the media has voted those four coaches’ teams as the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th ranked teams in the preseason media poll. Bowlsby left one nugget for Mountaineer fans to happily hear and digest saying, “Neal Brown is somebody that I’ve been advised to keep an eye on for years. He is one fo the really outstanding up-and-coming young coaches.”
Commissioner Bowlsby is passionate about Big 12 football, choosing to point out that some of the best sports to watch happens in October and November, noting that safety needs to be a top priority during this time. “During October and November, we need to be constantly vigilant that we are making the game a safe sport,” Bowlsby said.
One of highlights of his press address was the introduction of conference’s new collaboration with ESPN+; Big 12 Now. Big 12 Now will be a digital platform that will allow Big 12 fans to stream and have access to more than 800 games across all sports. One game per season per participating sports will be broadcast exclusively through the ESPN+ platform via Big 12 Now.
“Available 24/7, 365. It’s available worldwide,” Bowlsby highlights.
Bowlsby went on to discuss the changing ways people are getting their access to sporting events, outside of live event attendance. The Commissioner pointed out that in his opinion cable television is not going away anytime soon, despite the increase in streaming in the past few years. This collaboration with ESPN’s ESPN+ platform allows the conference to stay on top of the always changing market, and maintaining access for those who have cut the cord with cable.
Bowlsby ended his conference by taking questions from the media, getting a good laugh when the very first question asked was in reference to conference expansion, noting it is the first question asked every year. No actual information was given on expansion, other than it is something that is discussed.
Coaches Les Miles, Gary Patterson, Mike Gundy, Matt Wells and Lincoln Riley round out the first day of Big 12 Media Days.
West Virginia’s Neal Brown and crew take the stage and address the media Tuesday, July 15.