ESPN has sent a letter responding to the Big 12 Conference after allegations of the network trying to damage the league surfaced.
- ESPN has been in the spotlight of controversy after the Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby alleged that the network conspired to damage the league by tempting Texas and Oklahoma to join the SEC, which has a network on ESPN. The Big 12 shares network rights with Fox.
- ESPN has since responded to the Big 12 Conference with the letter seen below by Burke Magnus, President, Programming and Original Content at ESPN.
The letter reads:
This responds to your letter dated July 28, 2021.
The accusations you have made are entirely without merit. Apart from a single vague allegation that ESPN has been “actively engaged in discussions with at least one other” unnamed conference, which ESPN disputes, your letter consists entirely of unsubstantiated speculation and legal conclusions. To be clear, ESPN has engaged in no wrongful conduct and, thus, there is nothing to “cease and desist.”
We trust this will put the matter to rest.
ESPN reserves all rights and remedies in connection with this matter.