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Pac-12 makes changes to neutral site scheduling

Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:54 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 2:07 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Pac-12's continuing push into the media business with an upcoming conference network and digital platform will have a lasting effect on member schools' football schedules. According to the league's updated executive regulations, non-conference neutral site football games will no longer be permitted unless the conference gets their cut of the media rights:
No member institution shall enter into an agreement to play a neutral-site football game (except in circumstances where such neutral-site game is the away leg of a home-and-home series) unless such agreement provides the Conference with the exclusive broadcast rights and digital rights in all media, and copyright to such neutral-site game.
The move would essentially prohibit schools from scheduling games like last season's LSU-Oregon matchup at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas. Cases such as the upcoming USC-Syracuse game on September 8, 2012 at Met Life Stadium would be permissible because they are the Pac-12 team's away game in a home-and-home series while matchups like the UCLA-Texas game in 2014 would no longer be allowed unless the Longhorns agreed to come to Los Angeles.

Commissioner Larry Scott, whose contract was recently extended, has strived to keep a significant and meaningful portion of inventory for the Pac-12 Network in order to drive distribution with cable and satellite operators. The Pac-12 recently announced a scheduling agreement with the Big Ten that would strengthen the bond between the two leagues but would take away one non-conference game away from members. The combination of moves over the past two years appear to give the conference office a greater element of control over schools' schedules going forward.

USC-Alabama? Oklahoma-Oregon? With the Pac-12's new restrictions, it appears any chance such games happening as big neutral site games are no longer an option unless teams agree to come West.

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Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:05 pm

Pac-12 makes changes to neutral site scheduling

That isn't the right PAC12 logo...look at the '2'

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:53 pm

Pac-12 makes changes to neutral site scheduling

With this restriction, and the Big10 scheduling agreement, can an 8-game conference schedule be far behind?

Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 3:30 am

graphics dept. FAIL!!!

CBS, do you know you are using a regurgitated(some ordinary joe with a graphics app.) Pac10 logo?

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:29 am

Pac-12 makes changes to neutral site scheduling

Off the top, I like it. Irrespective of the financial considerations of the Pac-12, it forces home and home bookings with teams that otherwise would vie for a home only game that some SEC teams are famous for.
It would be nice if a game was cancelled on short notice that a single game booking would be accepted in the same financial arrangments as the previous game was scheduled.
For example, if it was the second of game of a home and home and was the "away game" of that home and home, the conference already having benifited from the first "home game", would permit a single game at a neutral site that allowed a possible game, in say a Texas, against any opponent they decided to book.
I suspect Cowboys execs in Dallas wouldn't like this new trend, but so be it.

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