BIG TEN AND PAC-12 BUILD OFF THEIR LONG ROSE BOWL HISTORY TO CEMENT STRATEGIC COLLABORATION
Iconic Conferences Seek to Broaden National Scope
while Enhancing Experiences for Student-Athletes, Fans and Alumni
Park Ridge, Ill., and Walnut Creek, Calif. - With a history of Rose Bowl
competition dating back more than a century, the Big Ten Conference and Pac-12
Conference announced today a collaborative effort to enhance long-term
scheduling commitments between the two conferences across all sports amongst the
The new Big Ten-Pac-12 collaboration will feature more games between the two
conferences in an effort to enhance the experiences for all student-athletes,
fans and alumni while broadening the national scope of both conferences. Details
of the new effort will continue to unfold as administrators and conference staff
members meet in the coming year.
"As other conferences continue to grow through expansion, we believe there is
great merit in deepening the historic relationship between the Big Ten and
Pac-12," said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. "We believe that both
conferences can preserve that sense of collegiality and still grow nationally by
leveraging our commonalities in a way that benefits student-athletes, fans and
alumni. This collaboration can and will touch many institutional undertakings,
and will complement our academic and athletic missions."
"Through numerous conversations over the past several months with stakeholders
from the Big Ten and Pac-12, we decided there would be great value in building
upon the history and collegiality that exists between our member institutions,
by initially committing to an increased frequency of play between our schools in
all sports," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.
In football, the objective is to create an annual 12 inter-conference game
schedule between the two conferences by the 2017 season. The plan calls for each
school to play an opponent from the other conference every year with some
flexibility built into the process to respect existing post-2017 FBS
non-conference match-ups. Additionally, more inter-conference games are expected
to appear sooner based on schedule openings. Many sports, including men's and
women's basketball, could see an increased level of inter-conference competition
in the near term, possibly as early as the 2012-13 academic year. Over the
coming months there will be a series of detailed scheduling planning meetings
among administrators of both conferences to work out exact details.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 share culture, tradition, values and a rich history of
intercollegiate competition, dating back to the inaugural Rose Bowl Game in
1902. The two conferences have met in Pasadena on 62 occasions, including 55
consecutive meetings from 1947-2001. Both the Big Ten and Pac-12 have strong
commitments to diversity, gender equity and the sponsorship of broad-based
programs, with over 17,000 student-athletes competing on more than 550 teams
between the two conferences.
In addition, the Big Ten created the first national conference-owned television
network, the Big Ten Network (BTN), which was launched in 2007 and is now in its
fifth year of operation. The Pac-12 will be launching its own television network
in August 2012. Both networks will be able to provide national coverage to a
number of the inter-conference competitions.
Press Release: B1G/Pac-12 Collaboration
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