Pac-12 Hoops Media Day Notebook

SAN FRANCISCO -- Some quick hit comments from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on the state of the Pac-12 and some new initiatives that are coming this men's basketball season, including an update on the DirecTV situation.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Some notes from the Pac-12:

Arizona was picked to win the Pac-12 this season. Here is how the media voted:

1. Arizona (31) 383
2. Utah 317
3. Colorado 316
4. UCLA (1) 290
5. Stanford 264
6. Washington 189
7. California 188
8. Oregon 159
9. Arizona State 155
10. USC 106
11. Washington State 84
12. Oregon State 45
First place votes in parentheses

Washington and Texas will play the first ever college basketball regular-season game in China, tipping off in Shanghai to start the 2015 season.

The Drive, the show focusing this season on the UCLA football team, and split last season covering California and Arizona State, will extend in some format to cover all 12 Pac-12 basketball teams this season.

This season, there will be 44 games on the ESPN family of networks, 22 games on FOX, 2 games on CBS and 147 Pac-12 games on the Pac-12 Networks.

Every Pac-12 men’s basketball game held on a conference campus will be televised this season.

Conference commissioner Larry Scott also said that the first two years of the conference tournament in Las Vegas have been exciting, and that the conference is talking “about our future,” in Sin City.

The partnership with New York Life will be extended to the women’s tournament in Seattle.

Scott said that “meaningful” changes and “concrete news” on collegiate reform issues will be revealed next week.

“There’s no news,” with respect to DirecTV, Scott said. DTV is not participating in negotiations at this time.

“We’re monitoring DirecTV’s proposed sale to AT&T, and that will kick off negotiations with a new parent, a parent we have very good relations with,” Scott said. “A lot will change.”


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