Big 12’s television partners said no to BYU

When TCU officially joined the Big 12 last week as the conference’s 10th member, it dashed the hopes of many BYU football fans who have dreamed for decades that their school will join a Bowl Championship Series conference.

Why did the league do a sudden about-face, when for more than a month it was reportedly targeting BYU?

Blame it on television. Specifically, the Big 12’s current TV partners — ABC/ESPN and Fox Sports Media Group.

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