New Pac-12 deal historic

Larry Scott's announcement Wednesday has changed the face of the Pac-12 forever and the schools involved will benefit greatly.

While people may have had an idea of what Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was going to announce on Wednesday, the full spectrum of the announcement is what has made the Pac-12 a conference that many others are now looking at for ideas on how to succeed.

Scott has come in and in a short amount of time, do what his predecessor failed to do in a much longer time period.

The announced partnership with ESPN and Fox Sports Media Group goes into effect in 2012. It includes the creation of Pac-12 Media Enterprises, which will control rights and distribute Pac-12 games not licensed to ESPN and FOX Sports.

Basically, viewing Pac-12 athletics won't be a major issue any more, as Scott has taken it into his own hands.

"We are especially delighted to be strengthening and expanding our relationship with ESPN and FOX Sports to deliver an unprecedented level of innovative sports programming to large national audiences across the country," said Scott.

"With this agreement, we will deliver our events over two broadcast networks and at least five premiere national cable platforms. In addition, we will have our own Pac-12 national cable TV platform and Pac-12 Digital Network platform."

There are numerous benefits to the plan by Scott, with the highlights as follows:

  • 34 regular-season games on national cable networks, FX, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

  • The remaining regular-season football games, an average of approximately three games per week, will be featured exclusively on the Pac-12 Network.

  • The Pac-12 Football Championship Game, starting with FOX Sports in 2012 (FOX already has rights to the inaugural 2011 game) and then rotating between FOX Sports and ESPN each year. The game will take place on a Friday night primetime.

  • 68 regular-season men's basketball games, appearing on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and Fox Sports Net.

    While Scott would not talk about the financials of the deal, the word is that it is the reportedly worth approximately $3 billion — giving each member institution around $21 million per year starting in 2012-13.

    What does this all mean?

    Well, for starters, the expiring Pac-10 TV deal with ABC/ESPN and Fox yields $45 million annually for the entire Pac-10 combined.

    The extra revenue that schools get will likely go towards improving each specific institution and could theoretically help Arizona move faster with upgrading facilities, coaching staff raises, and more.

    On Wednesday, Larry Scott changed the face of the Pac-12 forever and frankly, the schools involved owe him a debt of gratitude for doing so.

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