Makes one wonder about Texas and Oklahoma and what the fine print said on their move.
Also, does TV money trump GOR?
Is ESPN basically running college football now? Does the NCAA even exist?
How many colleges have high-minded presidents who will not sacrifice their institutions academic integrity for TV money?
So many questions and unknowns.
That article is certainly going to get SEC lawyers looking carefully at the Texas and OK additions to make sure nothing was mixed. The big difference though is that the B1G was negotiating all new media rights while the SEC just added 2 more programs to its current deal. I also imagine it will slow down any immediate thoughts of future expansion until it is all worked out.
I don't think TV Money trumps GOR, they sort of work hand in hand. GOR basically says the conference owns the media rights for the individual schools. The big impact there for the media groups is how much are they paying for the rights to the media. In my mind, why would ESPN want any ACC school in the SEC. They would effectively be paying more for the same media. Its only if you lose media rights that you currently have to a different media company that you get into issues.
ESPN probably has the largest say in college football right now, but they also are having more revenue issues that could impact things in the future. Which is probably part of the reason why they are not really doing much to win the PAC contract.
As one tweet I think from David Hale last week said, the men who make these decisions don't pay much attention to this as it is not a large part of their job. They are dealing with much more important decisions both financially and reputationally for their organizations.