The Pac-12 discovers that broadcast partnership thingy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. What a surprise.
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Remember when everyone and his brother were hailing Pac-12 Commish Larry Scott for his genius in negotiating his conference’s new broadcast deals? All that money, served up on a platter.
Yeah, well, the bill’s come due.
The Pac-12 is in discussions with its network partners to change programming practices and avoid another season with an overwhelming number of night games, according to sources inside and outside the conference.
I wouldn’t necessarily characterize the back-and-forth as negotiations, because the league has a contract with ESPN and Fox that isn’t going away for a decade.
But Pac-12 officials were not happy with the ’13 broadcast schedule and are working with their partners to find an acceptable resolution for all parties involved. One source called the league’s approach “fair but firm.”
The conference spent three months listening to complaints from fans and school officials. Commissioner Larry Scott and his lieutenant are keenly aware of the frustration.
Whether they can do anything about it remains to be seen.
A $3 billion dollar deal and the networks want say so over broadcast times. Some kinda nerve there.
But here’s what they can do: They can reduce or eliminate the exclusive window for the over-the-air broadcasts on ABC and Big FOX.
Maybe they eliminate it altogether.
Maybe they scrap it for half of the 10 broadcasts.
Either way, it would create more flexibility for the Pac12Nets.
I don’t know the specifics of the options being discussed.
But I know this: If nothing changes, the uproar from fans and campuses will be significant.
Maybe Larry can hit ‘em into silence with the conference’s bank account. After all, we know who’s gonna win here.
Hope this isn’t the start of bigger and better things.
Former ESPN analyst and Texas Senate candidate Craig James has joined Fox Sports Southwest as a studio analyst, FSSW announces.—
Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) August 30, 2013
If they ever hook him up with Thom Brennaman, my head will explode.
I don’t think I want to live in a world where Roger Ailes takes on ESPN by finding his own version of the insufferable Keith Olbermann.
In case some of you have the munchies…
- It looks like Fox is planning a throw down with ESPN. If so, every sports organization should be licking its chops over the increased competition. Those of us with cable bills won’t be so thrilled.
- Who said this? “It’s funny. I think I have raised more money for the University of Alabama than I have Georgia these last three years.”
- Yeah, this is gonna happen.
- It’s a shame that James Franklin let his on field demeanor obscure the coaching job he did last year, because it was pretty impressive.
- I can’t help but wonder where this is going to lead.
- Mark Bradley (yeah, I know) surveys the offseason changes for the Falcons and notes that there was “no real remorse when defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder left for Auburn”.
- The mad scientist aspect to Todd Grantham may be coming in real handy about now.
There’s always something to nibble on.
- If you’re like me in that you think there’s always room for one more college football game on TV, then this is good news. Even if it is from Fox.
- Speaking of which, the Pac-12 is thinking about how the football fan abhors a vacuum and may be positioning itself to do something about that if there’s no NFL this fall.
- Shakin’ the Southland takes a look at linebacker fundamentals.
- Derek Dooley on player motivation: “What I was surprised at was he wasn’t coming to me and saying, ‘I want the ball.’…I sat there and purposely didn’t give him the ball just to see if he would ever come and he didn’t. Then, I decided we should probably give him the ball.” Okay, fine.
- Zach Dillard updates his medical report on Aaron Murray.
- I’m not sure which part of this story amuses me more, that NC State is trying to enforce its trademarked nickname against a school which was using it at least a decade before the farmers, or that it’s taken State twenty years to get around to doing something about it.
- “Maybe the answer for most of the ills of our sport is to finally give the football and basketball athletes a choice. Have the NFL and NBA spend the money to establish their own farm systems and draft qualified athletes in those sports right out of high school and sign them to minor league contracts. Let the pro scouts put their money where their mouths are and take the pressure off of college sports.” Well, yeah. The trick is how do you convince the pros to do that?
Listening to last night’s Cotton Bowl broadcast, I couldn’t help but think how comforted the Pac-10/12 suits must be knowing that Fox will be there to educate the audience for their championship game about the NFL.