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Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott drops conference network bombshell

Larry Scott

Pac-12 Network?

Ha. Child’s play.

More like Pac-12 Networks. Plural.

After what appeared to be a last-minute finalization, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott decided to open up the New York version of Pac-12 Media Day with an announcement about the conference’s network media rights deal.

And it’s huge.

Scott announced the creation of what is now know as Pac-12 Networks (part of Pac-12 Media Enterprises), which is comprised of six regional networks and one national network that will be broadcast through four cable operators: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, COX Communications and Bright House Networks.

The four cable operators will broadcast a total of 850 sporting events — 350 events nationally and 500 events regionally — including every football game and every men’s basketball game that isn’t carried by the Pac-12’s other media rights conglomerates, ESPN and FOX.

The six regional networks are Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Southern California, Arizona and Mountain. This means that fans from all 12 Pac-12 institutions will have an opportunity to watch every football and men’s basketball game of their school provided they have the network. The six regional networks will also broadcast other Olympic (i.e. non-revenue generating) sports and academic programming.

And people really had a problem with the Longhorn Network?

Pac-12 Networks is set to begin next August. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“As we explored the potential for a Pac-12 network, it became clear that we could customize programming towards local interests and provide our students, alumni, and many fans the widest possible range of events with the best opportunity to see the schools they care about most,” Scott said in a conference release.

Your move, Big Ten.

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11 Responses to “Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott drops conference network bombshell”
  1. 78lion says: Jul 27, 2011 5:53 PM

    The only problem with TLN is picking the high school games where prospects Texas wants are playing. Had ESPN not stated they would do so, nobody would be gritching at all.

  2. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:05 PM

    Very well thought out and it appears Larry Scott has maximized BOTH the $$$$ and the exposure for the Pac 12.

    Scott has turned the Pac 10 into the Pac 12 and now a big boys conference with big boy exposure and TV dollars in just a few yrs. WELL DONE….

  3. burntorangehorn says: Jul 27, 2011 6:11 PM

    78lion says:
    Jul 27, 2011 5:53 PM
    The only problem with TLN is picking the high school games where prospects Texas wants are playing. Had ESPN not stated they would do so, nobody would be gritching at all.
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    Yeah, that was reckless speech on the ESPN veep’s part, but a lot of aggie fans were gritching well before that statement.

  4. mmalpha says: Jul 27, 2011 6:18 PM

    Way to take care of your own Pac12. At least the Pac12 sees the greater good, unlike UT and Dan Beebe.

  5. 78lion says: Jul 27, 2011 6:56 PM

    burntorangehorn,

    Don’t doubt it. Nobody cared! :)

  6. centexhorn says: Jul 27, 2011 7:16 PM

    Daaaaaaaaamn! This dude is money!

    What a great idea. I love it. At first I was like this: http://i.imgur.com/9eQZq.jpg But after reading more and thinking about it, it’s perfect. It works. Maybe each school can’t have their own individual network, but two schools can. I’m blown away. I actually think the Big 12 should do this. Iowa State and Mizzouri. Kansas and Kansas State. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Texas and Texas Tech. Baylor and Texas A&M. UT should renegotiate their contract with ESPN and get rid of the single-team network.

    This totally screws ESPN. I love it!

  7. centexhorn says: Jul 27, 2011 7:17 PM

    *Missouri, rather. Whoops.

  8. bradentonbuc says: Jul 27, 2011 7:23 PM

    The only problem with TLN is picking the high school games where prospects Texas wants are playing. Had ESPN not stated they would do so, nobody would be gritching at all.
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    Yeah, that was reckless speech on the ESPN veep’s part, but a lot of aggie fans were gritching well before that statement.

    It’s the NCAA that should be gritching, whateveer that is.

    What really stinks is this oversaturation of west coast athletics, that I’m sure we all will be paying for with higher cable bills, yet won’t be watching.

  9. plundergrunge says: Jul 27, 2011 9:35 PM

    I miss Colorado already.

    Seeing The Buffs logo brushing shoulders with UCLA and Oregon State makes me cringe.

    It’s just not right.

  10. mike2347 says: Jul 28, 2011 12:02 PM

    Happy to see pac 10 not hook up with espin,but larry should not stick his nose in TOSU’s problems by tweeting ncaa to make sure the penalties match USC’s.

  11. florida727 says: Jul 29, 2011 9:19 AM

    “bradentonbuc” had it right. As more and more conferences negotiate their own regional and network TV deals, the NCAA is becoming more and more LESS relevant. And that can’t be a bad thing.

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