KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After leaving Thursday's meetings without answering questions from the media, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe took the podium at the InterContinental hotel and spoke of his "process" for gaining commitments to keeping the Big 12 intact.
"We had very productive meetings with a lot of candid discussion and I'm very encouraged by the process that we've set forth to ensure the solidification of this conference," Beebe said, adding that since the process was still in ... process, he wouldn't be able to answer direct questions about its details. "The board was very engaged and I was very engaged by the direct conversation and by the process that's been put in place."
In addition, Beebe announced the conference's revenue for the 2009-10 fiscal year has risen to $139 million, up from $130 million in 2008-09 and 113.5 million in 2007. That money will be distributed to the member schools, but the exact amounts to each school were not made available.
The conference also awarded championship sites for a number of sports, including football. As previously rumored, Beebe has been given authorization to negotiate an agreement with Cowboys Stadium about hosting the Big 12 championship game in 2011, 2012 and 2013.