A Trillion Dollar Company Wants College Football Rights
Amazon has shown strong interest in acquiring college football rights for its streaming service, Amazon Prime, according to CBS reporter Dennis Dodd.
Recently, Amazon acquired the rights to the NFL's Thursday Night Football. The first game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs brought in a record number of Prime signups during a three-hour period.
"Amazon finds itself in a situation where it is likely weighing whether to buy top-tier games from the Big 12 and/or Pac-12 compared to lower-profile options from the Big Ten," said Dodd. "The Big 12 and Pac-12 are already in competition seeking new media rights deals with Fox and ESPN believed to be the primary bidders."
The SEC and Big 10 have already made long-term television deals that will last at least a decade, however the ACC, Pac-12, and Big 12 have not made those deals yet.
It is speculated that teams like Texas, Oklahoma, USC, and UCLA have all left their conferences because of the money each team would earn joining a new conference.
If Amazon acquires the rights to any of these companies then it will be a win-win for both sides. The conference would have enough money to keep its schools in the conference as well as having a little extra to expand. Amazon would get even more people to sign up for Amazon Prime so fans could watch their team play college football.