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Big 12 in contact with Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah as Pac-12 media rights future remains
The Big 12 recently renewed contact with four Pac-12 schools -- Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah -- as television contract negotiations for the Pac-12 continue to flounder, sources confirm to CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd. March will be a pivotal time for the Pac-12 to either deliver a new contract or risk losing key members of its league.
After previously speaking as realignment kicked into gear but going radio silent for an extended period of time, sources say all four schools have more recently had contact with the Big 12, sources tell Dodd. The interest of the "Four Corners" schools leaving for the Big 12 has picked up in recent weeks as Pac-12 media rights negotiations have stalled, moving into a ninth month.
Interest in the Pac-12's media rights are underwhelming, and the league remains the only Power Five conference without a long-term television contract. Most major networks have pulled out, leaving ESPN as the only major linear provider still involved in bidding. Amazon and Apple TV+ have long been considered potential streaming partners, but their level of interest and willingness to spend for a large pack of games is unclear.
The Big Ten (CBS, Fox, NBC) and SEC (ABC/ESPN) agreed to massive contracts securing their rights into the 2030s. The ACC is locked into an exclusive contract with ESPN through 2036. While the Pac-12 entered the market first, the Big 12 got its rightsholders (ESPN, Fox) to negotiate a new deal early, allowing the Big 12 to jump the Pac-12 and come to an agreement that solidifies their media rights through 2031.
Suddenly, the Pac-12 is faced with networks and potential streaming partners that have already outlaid significant capital acquiring sports rights and may not have the appetite for a reduced league without USC and UCLA.
SEC has gotten a lot of attn from ESPN(a huge media outlet) broadcasting games across the spectrum, from football to whatever. And is a reason the SEC is so popular, successful and hated. But point is, without it or some exposure to the PAC of significance, y’all kinda in yalls on little world…so to speak.
Someone over there, and their should be some brains with as much tech shit on the west coast, better take the Bull by the horns and make it great again. I just don’t think there’s that many folks with those means GAF about football or other on the west coast. And getting left behind.
Best thing if something don’t change is do what USC and UCLA did, jump ship at first opportunity. To the rest of the country and I’m speaking of at least from the south, west coast sports other than HS ball, don’t exist. And that’s being done form the top. They don’t seem to GAF.
Huskies need to jump that shark or someone from the west coast better turn that ship around.
She sure as fuck can’t finagle a jump to the Big10.
Christ, UW might end up in the Frontier Conference playing Montana Tech with her leadership.