Big 12 approves conference championship game starting in 2017

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Big 12 to have conference championship game in 2017
Friday June 3rd, 2016

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The Big 12 board has unanimously approved a conference championship game, which will begin play in the 2017 season.​

The conference announced the changes Friday following a gathering of school presidents in Dallas.

The Big 12 becomes the last power conference to add a title game with the NCAA recently ruling it can hold one despite having just 10 members. The school reported a 20% increase in per-school revenue distribution for 2016, up to an average of $30.4 million.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said there are still questions about whether expansion is the right move for the conference, but that “in all likelihood” the conference will split into two five-team divisions. He added that the average annual value of a championship is worth nearly $30 million.

Oklahoma president David Boren said there are no plans to go forward with a conference TV network at the moment.

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The conference is currently in a state of flux, with Kansas State, Texas Tech and Baylor all employing interim school presidents, and Baylor rocked by a sexual assault scandal that has seen major upheaval in leadership as well as within the football program.

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