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
|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|