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Pac-12 will announce record deal

Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 10:09 am
 

The Pac-12 will announce the largest television rights fees deal in college conference history on Wednesday CBSSports.com has learned.

 Initial reports Tuesday that the league would announce a 12-year, $2.7 billion agreement with ESPN and Fox were low, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Instead, the new deal will make the Pac-12 No. 1 among all conferences in an age where rights fees are skyrocketing. The 12-year, $3 billion deal will be worth an average of more than $20 million per school each year over the course of the agreement. The final numbers could be staggering considering that the Pac-12 is going to announce a broadcast and cable deal only at this time. There is the digitial (phone/Internet) and network component still out there.

 In the reports that surfaced Tuesday Pac-12 teams would average $18.75 million per year per school. That figure alone would double the current take of Pac-10 schools. The New York Times also reported the deal Tuesday morning. 

 How a sleepy league that was routinely No. 4 rights fees could shoot up to to No. 1 is explained here

 The announcement should mark the ultimate payoff for commissioner Larry Scott. The former CEO of the Women's Tennis Association has been on the job less than two years. Already he has shaken up not only his league but also college sports. He nearly succeeded last year in a raid of the Big 12 in expanding the Pac-10 from 10 to 16 teams. Falling short of that, the league invited Utah and Colorado and instituted a championship game beginning this year.  

 Scott already is on record intending to market the Pac-12 in Pacific Rim countries, including China. 

 NBC-Universal dropped out of the Pac-12 idding last week according to the Sports Business Journal. The conference will be part of a Saturday night primetime package on ESPN also according to SBJ.

The league has scheduled a Wednesday morning press conference at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, meaning Arizona State will be the "host" school of the largest TV deal in college history. 


Comments

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal

No, Dodd is saying that the Pac-10 was perenially #4 in terms of the TV rights fees they brought in.  That has nothing to do with on-field performance.
Correct. Because if he was actually saying on-field performance he'd have said about 6th or 7th.

Pac10? Pac 12? Zzzzzzzzzzz



Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal

 
Sounds like a broken system to me.
Sounds like a broken record to me.

HATE!!! Hate!!!! HATE IT!!!!  Westsiiiide!!! haha



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal

Why is everybody on this site a troll?  Didn't Utah join the PAC-12?  And didn't Utah beat the great Alabama?  Now I know that everybody in Alabama has an excuse why that happened, but shouldn't fans just be glad that more college football is going to be available on their TVs?  Maybe, we are just a little bit closer to crowning a true national champion every year, rather than the crappy champion the BCS gives us just about every year.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal

do you need a geography lesson?? Chile, Peru, and Ecuador?? Pacific rim?  good work




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal

Glad they got the money.  Unfortunately, as an old person, I am sleeping when their games come on at 10:30 eastern time.  Wish I could stay awake longer as I love college football.  Perhaps their afternoon games will be carried in the East.



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal

No one cares about the Pac-12? What kind of fool are you. The Pac-12, or Pac-10, has almost twice the amount of NCAA champions than any other conference. Look up the numbers. Whatever or wherevere you are getting your information from is false. We had the runner up in football, got to the elite eight in Basketball and Zona barely lost to Uconn to go to the Final Four. Anyone who thinks the Pac-12 sucks is a moron and has no intellegence when it comes to sports. The University of Washington are perrenially competitive in basketball and they are coming up in football again as well. Zona is good at both, Arizona St is good, USC, Oregon, Oregon St, UCLA, look at who these teams beat in Non conf in the two major sports, football and basketball. In the NFL draft more players were drafted from Pac-10 schools than any other conference. Not sure you know what you are talking about. The conference of champions deserves the most money.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal

Who cares, its just that the PAC 12 signed a new contract so they got the money.  Lets face it they suck, no one cares about the PAC 12 and just watch, Oregon will do well for another year or so but they will go the way of the Dodo bird (USC).  No one out west even watches football and they only reason the NCAA ranks a team from the PAC 12 is try to appease those few who do care.  As for indending to market the PAC12 in the Pacific Rim, excellent idea, I bet there are some people in Micronesia who would love to watch a girls tennis match or hell lets not forget how Chile, Ecuador, and Peru love softball.  The only thing I will say that the PAC 12 did do well was get Larry Scott in there as a leader, but really its like trying to get people in south florida to goto any sporting event, the west coast just does not care about sports as much as the rest of the country.  




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal

Dodds is saying the Pac 12 is the 4th best league?

No, Dodd is saying that the Pac-10 was perenially #4 in terms of the TV rights fees they brought in.  That has nothing to do with on-field performance.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal


Other than Ohio State, the Big 10 cannot win a BCS game, and up until 2 years ago, Ohio State couldn't win either.

Get a clue, dude.  Ohio St is 6-3 in BCS bowls.

That said, congrats to the Pac-12 for finally getting a TV deal worthy of the excellent conference that it is.




Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Pac-12 set to announce record deal

Now a guy who has lived in Virginia all his life will get to see more of what west coast football is like..Being a UNC fan I can now experience more of what football is like on the left coast..I am not just a Tarheel fan, but a fan of college football all together..I love watching football on Saturday during the fall when I don't have much of anything going on..I follow two blues closely:Michigan and UNC..Nothing like fall ball with the cool crisp days,and the grills going full blast...


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