Big 12 To Conduct Football Championship; Revenue Figures Announced

At the conclusion of its annual spring business meetings, the Big 12 Conference has announced that it will reinstate its football championship game, beginning with the 2017 season.

“The addition of a football championship game allows for a 13th data point for our teams under consideration for the College Football Playoff,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Work will begin on developing scheduling models and host site options.”

The Big 12 last staged a championship game in 2010. Six of the 15 contests in league history were rematches of a regular season game. The regular-season winner prevailed in the title game rematch in four of those six occurrences. On five occasions, the lower-ranked team defeated a higher-ranked opponent.

Along with the championship game announcement, the Conference also announced its generated revenue for member distribution for fiscal year 2015-16, with each member institution slated to receive $30.4 million, an increase of 20 percent over the previous year. All 10 league members will receive a full share. In addition to distributed revenue from the Conference, Big 12 schools also retain revenue from third-tier media rights deals. Since 2012, distributed revenue has increase over $117 million.

Big 12 Football Championship History

Year Site City Winner
2010 Cowboys Stadium Arlington, Texas Oklahoma
2009 Cowboys Stadium Arlington, Texas Texas
2008 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Mo. Oklahoma
2007 Alamodome San Antonio, Texas Oklahoma
2006 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Mo. Oklahoma
2005 Reliant Stadium Houston, Texas Texas
2004 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Mo. Oklahoma
2003 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Mo. Kansas State
2002 Reliant Stadium Houston, Texas Oklahoma
2001 Texas Stadium Dallas, Texas Colorado
2000 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Mo. Oklahoma
1999 Alamodome San Antonio, Texas Nebraska
1998 Trans World Dome St. Louis Mo. Texas A&M
1997 Alamodome San Antonio, Texas Nebraska
1996 Trans World Dome St. Louis, Mo. Texas
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.