When realignment theater became the central topic in college sports this past summer, following USC's announced move to the Big Ten, one of the big surprises in the first few weeks of speculation and analysis was that Oregon's value to Fox Sports and the Big Ten was not as high as many people thought.
A Fox Sports executive estimated Oregon's annual value at $30 million. Stanford's value was $45 million. How many people thought that was the case?
That same Fox executive offered another surprising line of analysis a few days ago.
Bob Thompson, an Oregon graduate, is that very same Fox executive. He believes that "staying where you're at" is the best move for Oregon and Washington, given the soon-to-expand College Football Playoff.
Moving to the Big Ten doesn't add up on a financial level for Oregon and Washington, according to Thompson, who has negotiated numerous media rights deals with college conferences.
"The expansion of the (playoff) and the fact there are likely going to be automatic bids for a number of conference champions is great for the Pac-12," Thompson said on Canzano and Wilner: The Podcast.
Notre Dame is reportedly the only school mentioned directly in the subsection of the Big Ten's media rights contract that deals with expansion.
Chris Fowler will not call a single USC football game through Nov. 18 (maybe longer)
Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire