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Big 12 conference expansion: UConn shut out yet again; ESPN to blame?

UConn was again left out in the cold when it comes to conference expansion.Getty Images

The Big 12 conference will not expand at this time, leaving UConnagain out in the cold when it comes to its want to join a power conference.

"Filed to ESPN. No expansion. No candidate could generate supermajority," ESPN's Jake Trotter tweeted out at 3:45 p.m. today.

"Source: Status quo in the Big 12. No members added. League still discussing adding more TV revenue from ESPN and FOX," SI.com's Pete Thamel tweeted around 3:30 p.m. today.

Thamelreported last week that the Big 12's TV partners - ESPN and FOX - were ready to pay the Big 12 to not expand. As pointed out by the Hartford Courant's Jeff Jacobs, it's an ugly move by ESPN - which operates in Bristol, Connecticut - to help shut out the state university.

ESPN and FOX want to eliminate the "pro rata clause" in their TV contract with the Big 12.

 

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