While UCLA and USC announced they would be moving from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten a few months back, the deal might have hit a snag for the Bruins as two members of the school system it belongs to are considering objecting to the move.
Two regents and an attorney representing the University of California system, which UCLA is a part of, may block the school’s move, according to the LA Times.
Any attempt by the University of California regents to block UCLA’s move to the Big Ten could endanger the way the governing body does business, according to a longtime observer of the regents experienced with their inner workings.
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“It’s important to understand that when the regents delegated authority to the president, they didn’t give it away or lose it,” UC system attorney Charlie Robinson said during a regents’ meeting at UCLA’s Luskin Center. “Essentially, what they did was extend it such that authority was with the regents and the president.”
“All options are on the table,” Regent John Perez told the Times, “up to and including that. … We’re going to look at what all the different options look like and then the board will assert itself in terms of what its desired outcome is.”
So what seems to be the problem? First of all, there seems to be concern about the health of the student-athletes who will now have to travel further for games. Another concern is the loss of revenue by other UC schools in the conference, such as California Berkley, who according to reports, will take a major hit if UCLA leaves.
There also seems to be a lack of transparency, which is also a huge concern.
With all that being said, the school is expected to make a killing by joining the Big Ten, especially now with the conference’s new TV deals and a recent settlement the Bruins will receive from Under Armor for almost $70 million.
Whether these factors will make or break this move remains to be seen.