Big 12 to make proposal for 12-game schedule
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Big 12 Conference plans to propose NCAA legislation allowing teams to play 12 regular-season games beginning next year, commissioner Kevin Weiberg said Tuesday.
Weiberg said adding a 12th game would give schools an opportunity to build more revenue and add flexibility in scheduling. He said the conference believes the proposal is timely because the postseason format seems relatively settled with no additional games expected to be added the next few years.
The conference has done "limited research,” suggesting that an additional game would not be a health or safety hazard and that student-athletes would support the plan.
"If you talk to athletes, I think they'd probably prefer to see a little less practice and a little more competition," Weiberg said.
Weiberg said NCAA rules requiring every team to have five home games makes scheduling a difficult task.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to jump back and forth between 12- and 11-game seasons," Weiberg said. "The complications of that by a scheduling standpoint, while that may seem trite, are not insignificant.
"I think also the economic benefits from it are actually greater to more institutions than would be simply a tweak of an extra postseason game."
Weiberg said he thinks there needs to at least be a discussion of adding a 12th game, even if the legislation is not approved this year.
After the legislation is introduced, it would first be considered by the NCAA in January and could be voted on for adoption in April. If approved by the NCAA board, the rule could take effect next season.
The NCAA currently has plans to allow a 12th game only in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2019.