The Big 12 stages its annual media days event in the Dallas area every summer.
It could have company in upcoming seasons if a report by Ross Dellinger of the Baton Rouge Advocate is correct.
The Advocate reported that the SEC is considering moving its media days after staging most of them in the Birmingham, Ala., suburb of Hoover. Commissioner Greg Sankey said that locations such as Atlanta, Nashville and Dallas would be considered.
The SEC has obvious interest in the Texas market, with Texas A&M in the conference’s footprint. And staging its media gathering in Dallas would be a great way for the SEC to tweak the Big 12 in its backyard.
Conference USA conducts its media days in Irving. But it’s not the same as if the SEC behemoth sets foot in Dallas.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ gleaming palaces loom at his team’s stadium in Arlington and its training center in Frisco. Either would be ideal for media days for any conference.
Jones might be especially interested in the SEC because of his playing history. He loves to get his alma mater, Arkansas, headlines in his hometown any time he can.
SEC media days would provide that for the conference by moving to Dallas — at least for one year.
The Big 12 used to move its media days around the conference. Kansas City, St. Louis and San Antonio hosted the event during the years those cities staged the Big 12 title game.
The event defaulted to Dallas after that game ended and has remained there.
The Big 12 Championship Game will return to Arlington this season. And it makes sense to have the conference’s media days in the league’s home city. That happens next Monday and Tuesday in Frisco.
For a lot of other reasons, it makes sense for the SEC to consider Dallas for its annual media event. And there’s nothing the Big 12 can do about it.