The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the entire chat recap here.
Why would OU play Florida A&M?
Desperation. OU lost a non-conference game against TCU when TCU became a conference opponent, but that didn't happen until recently.
So, when OU got desperate, it went looking just about anywhere for an opponent. Its search ultimately landed in Tallahassee with Florida A&M.
The Rattlers had an opening and was willing to come to OU and gave OU a price for its payout that the Sooners could live with. That's why OU is playing Florida A&M on Saturday.
What is your opinion on about the new Sooner Sports TV?
I don't think much is going to change for folks who want to watch Sooner events. If anything, people should be able to see MORE events. Like non-basketball and non-football games. It sounds to me like Sooner Sports TV is going to be housed primarily on Fox Sports' regional signals. So, it's not like the Longhorn Network, which has its own channel or signal.
It's a bit different than the Longhorn Network in that it's not a stand alone channel, so your cable provider doesn't have to pick up Sooner Sports TV for you to get the programming.
Why is there no line on the OU-Florida A&M game?
It's basically because it's a lower-division team vs. OU. Lots of times, Vegas odds makers refuse to put odds on these types of games.
The OSU-Savannah game last week, for example, didn't get a line until Friday.
Where does the TV deal rank B12 teams in terms of revenue per team as opposed to other major conferences? Was it more or less than expected?
I haven't seen a dollar amount on the TV deal just yet. I'll ask while we're chatting and see if I can get a number.
But in terms of expansion or contraction, I have to think this slows both. The per-school payout is sure to be dang big. That will make teams want to stick around. It will also make the league schools hesitant to want to expand and slice up that pie in smaller pieces.