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Report: Pac-12 agrees to $2.7B deal with Fox/ESPN

Posted on: May 3, 2011 9:30 am
Edited on: May 3, 2011 9:34 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

As the Pac-12 prepare to welcome Colorado and Utah, expanding their membership to a football-friendly 12 schools, the conference has been working furiously to sign a new and more lucrative television deal for the conference.  According to the Sports Business Journal, the conference has agreed to a new deal with Fox and ESPN that is worth $2.7B over 12 years.  The deal, which reportedly could be made official as soon as Wednesday, will cover football, basketball, and Olympic sports.

In the reported deal, ESPN gets rights to football, basketball, and an Olympic sports package.  They have committed to air an unknown amount of football games in primetime on ABC.  Fox gets basketball and football rights, airing games on Fox Sports channels and FX.  The two networks will rotate coverage of the basketball tournament and football championship game.

The conference's current media deal was also with ESPN and Fox, but the addition of the football championship game and two new schools changed the landscape for the Pac-12.  Comcast/NBC made a play for the deal with their sports network Versus, but pulled out of the competition.  If the reported amount is confirmed, the new deal will more than triple the Pac-12's current deals with ESPN and Fox.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:25 am

Report: Pac-12 agrees to $2.7B deal with Fox/ESPN

I love how the Pac-12 and any of the others can rake in billions but the players whose talent fills those stadiums will get their lives ruined or run through the mud if they so much as accept a free t-shirt.

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:03 am

Report: Pac-12 agrees to $2.7B deal with Fox/ESPN

Waaa why is this on here?  Waaaa it's not sports news!

(Nah but really, hopefully this squelches the East Coast bias myth.)

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