The Pac-12’s got a new mission.

And academics got nothin’ to do with it.

The Pac-12 presidents are open to hiring a commissioner who would transform the conference’s business structure and implement a model used by professional leagues, according to the job description published by the search firm assisting the process.

The description includes the following passage:

“While historically intercollegiate conference offices have been focused on sport operations and the business of the ‘collective,’ the Pac-12 is open to a more modern conference structure and approach which can be seen in several professional sports leagues.”

Now one thing professional sports leagues have in common is that they pay the hired help.  So that’s certainly one possible take from the corporate gobbledygook.  Of course, the other one is simply “whatever we decide, it won’t be to hire another Larry Scott, thanks.”  I’ll leave you to decide on the more likely interpretation.

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13 responses to “The Pac-12’s got a new mission.

  1. Sweet D

    I’d be interested to know what they are inferring with, or their definition of, the word “modern”.

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  2. Scotty King

    How will this commissioner change the time zone?

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    • There are ways to work this out. Especially with disney owning every single game. There are premier times for lets say ranked USC vs ranked Oregon that dont need to be 7pm local. The top pac 10 game or two need to go at like 3 local. not all the time, just some of the time.

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  3. Dawg19

    Papa’s got a brand new PAC.

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    • Down Island Way

      In reality, continue the pac 12 in all sports BUT football, cha$e the other conferences for entrance cau$e that$ what the individual institutions want is the football ca$h (only 4-5 schools have that find of traction)….nothing else will do

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  4. unionjackgin

    NFT’s and Satan Shoes for everybody!

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  5. Great timing and word choice while the fate of amateurism hangs in the balance in court.

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  6. stoopnagle

    If I were in charge of the Pac12, I’d focus on scheduling games at times that make sense for the west coast: noon, 3:30, 7:30 and have at least one game on Thursday or Friday at 6. All Pacific time. I don’t think they’re going to make any hay viewer-wise in the east anyway so kicking off a game at 8 or 9 am local is absurd. They need to focus on who they are, on their region, then let the chips fall where they may. If their teams get good, people will start to pay attention.

    The next thing I’d do is create scheduling agreements with other leagues or at least incentivize premier match-ups out of region. Like Oregon coming to Atlanta to play Georgia (that game is going to be massive) and the like. Get some home-and-homes cooked up. And be smart about it by finding the next tier teams.

    They have brands: if USC goes undefeated, they’ll be in the conversation because they have pedigree; Oregon and Washington are respected, too, in the media. They just need to win more and stop chasing Eastern eyeballs so hard.

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  7. Play at 12:30, 4:00, 7:00, and 8:00 Pacific time.

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