Pac-12 meetings hosted by WSU prove fruitful

THE PAC-12 announced on Sunday two interesting developments related to injuries and to possibly bringing multimedia rights in-house. Washington State hosted the weekend meeting of Pac-12 presidents and chancellors, with the heavy lifting taking place at The Coeur d'Alene Resort and Bill Moos and wife Kendra entertaining with a dinner at their ranch outside Spokane.

Provost Dan Bernardo is believed to have attended the meetings for WSU in place of Elson Floyd, who began a leave of absence on Friday to battle cancer.

According to the Pac-12, the use of a spotter system for football (with one spotter assigned from each team) to help identify and prevent injuries was approved by the conference's leaders.

“The spotters will be equipped with new video technology to closely monitor every play, and have the ability to rewind, pause, zoom, and change camera angles in real time to fully evaluate the extent of injuries. Additionally, they will have direct communication with coaches and medical personnel so that any potential concerns can be addressed immediately.”

The impetus for the new system came after a Michigan quarterback was not pulled from a game after experiencing trouble following an illegal hit.

On the revenue front, schools will be able to individually opt into a newly created multimedia arm of the Pac-12 when their current rights contracts with Learfield and IMG expire. Opting into the Pac-12 arm would allow schools to directly manage their rights. The Jan Jose Mercury News’ Jon Wilner says the move could potentially “generate hundreds of thousands, if not millions, per year in additional income for participating schools.” WSU's contract with IMG extends into the 2020s.

Pac-12 presidents also adopted two other proposals at the meetings : adding student-athlete representation in 2015-16 to the decision-making process at the Pac-12's fall and summer Conference Council meetings; and making women’s sand volleyball a conference-sponsored sport beginning in 2015-16.

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