Yesterday’s US District Court ruling that green lights the AT&T-Time Warner merger just spilled over to college football. The much-discussed Disney bid for much of 21st Century Fox, including all those FSN regional affiliates, just got competition from Comcast (parent company of NBC). So just when you thought ESPN was about to consolidate nearly all of the Big 12 school’s Tier 3 rights, instead NBC Sports is suddenly competing for the OU, TCU, Tech, Baylor, and OSU rights. (Someone will have to remind me if FOX has any of KSU or ISU—not sure who has those). I’m not sure how this affects the obligations of FOX to air Big 12 Championships—namely baseball—which typically appear on FSN. I’m not sure if this stays with FOX (and moved to FS1/2/online only) or if it goes with FSN to the Disney/Comcast winner. A bidding war is coming, but there’s some irony in NBC Sports possibly taking control of some Big 12 inventory. Of course, most sports fans will notice the impact of a Disney or Comcast acquisition of FSNs in all the pro sports deals. Time Warner is the parent of TBS, TNT and TruTV, so we may see some impact on delivery of Men’s NCAA Tournament Basketball with the AT&T merger. Turner Sports is part of the merger. So is Bleacher Report. Keep in mind this puts DirecTV and uVerse in the same parent company as HBO, Turner Sports etc. A Comcast acquisition of 21st Century Fox could have some interesting parallels (combining Comcast/Xfinity and NBC Sports with FSN assets) Interested for GSR’s $0.02.