“I’m fairly critical of the Pac-12 organization.”

This is one helluva story.

The beginning of one of the biggest Pac-12 football games of last season was preempted by a NASCAR truck race. When it became apparent the Lucas Oil 150 was going to run long, FS1 delayed the Stanford-Washington game by 15 minutes to 10:45 p.m. ET.

It wasn’t enough of a delay. Even though the game was shifted to little-seen FS2 and the Fox Sports app, thanks to the trucks — and Fox’s commitment to them — most viewers missed the entire first quarter.

“That was unfortunate,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said recently. “I was not happy about that. … There were definitely [people] upset about that.”

Scott is proud to say such an occurrence will no longer happen. The Pac-12 was assured by Fox officials a couple of weeks ago that, were there to be a future conflict, conference games will be shifted to … Fox Business Channel.

Man’s a genius.

The header quote, by the way, is from the chancellor of the University of California, one of (presumably) Scott’s bosses.  Last time I checked, Larry Scott is still the highest paid conference boss, which means the chancellor is as big a talker as Scott is.  Everyone out there deserves each other.

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4 responses to ““I’m fairly critical of the Pac-12 organization.”

  1. 3rdandGrantham

    I dunno – Neil Cavuto and Stuart Varney might make for one hell of a broadcast duo. I can see it now:

    “Welcome everyone to this exciting match-up between the liberal, tax-and-spend Cal Bears…and the proud red state fiscal conservatives…the Arizona Wildcats. I don’t know about you Stuart, but I’m looking forward to an Arizona style beat-down of the bed wetting Bears, as Arizona sets out to prove that a conservative offense with gritty D that would make Goldwater proud, will over-match the reckless Bears and their careless, pass-happy offense.”

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    • Russ

      LOL! Good one.

      Personally, I only watch CFB on Fox for one thing – Gus Johnson. The man can get excited about anything. Pretty amazing.

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  2. Macallanlover

    Bad as that seems to many, at least there is an easy alternative with a simple flip of the remote. Until recently, CBS had no way to deliver the SEC 3:30 game in many markets where the local affiliate had ties to the local football (Jefferson Pilot) noon game which often ran over into the SEC time slot. This happened in several markets around the country, and in some markets, the local CBS station took other programming and eliminated the entire SEC game. Happens more often than you think to those of us who lived outside the SEC footprint. There are other options, sports bars who had satellite packages, but the “national” game the network pays for hasn’t been truly national at times. Things are so much better ,ow, if Scott had really committed fans, they would find a way. Maybe “it just doesn’t mean enough” to the Left Coasters. CFB fans have little reason to complain these days, especially to those of us remember the pre-CFA days.

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  3. UGA '97

    Shhh, don’t tell Todd Stansbury about that

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