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Big 12 ADs Call for High School Broadcast Moratorium

Paul Steinbach

Big 12 Conference athletic directors unanimously agreed Monday to establish a minimum one-year moratorium on the broadcast of any high school content or any content involving prospective student-athletes via any medium branded as a platform of the Big 12 or any of its member institutions. The ADs further recommended that the conference board of directors, which must approve the moratorium, strongly request that the NCAA board of directors establish a nationwide moratorium for the entire NCAA membership.

The Big 12 ban is to be extended unless and until the NCAA deems such content permissible. According to a conference media release, "The ADs recognize that this issue is complex and involves a detailed analysis of the recruiting model in many areas, including existing NCAA legislation related to the publicity of prospective student-athletes and the rapidly evolving world of technology. This process will take an extended period of analysis. The Conference will continue to monitor the broadcasting of youth athletics content."

Controversy followed soon after it became known that the University of Texas intended to broadcast high school football games on its own Longhorn Network, which debuts later this month.

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