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Pac 12 Networks Eyeing Digital Carriage

“The network is now unavailable to AT&T customers, slashing their audience by a large margin.”

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The PAC-12 won’t admit it, but it has been floundering on the scoreboard for quite some time and the impact of the PAC 12’s self-inflicted wounds is hurting the western conference’s pocketbooks.

It’s no secret the PAC-12 has been falling behind in revenue numbers compared to the rest of the Power 5, but as its media rights are set to expire in 2024, the time is now for commissioner Larry Scott to decide the future of the PAC-12’s viewing availability.

The reliance on late Friday and Saturday night football games has met mixed results for audiences and complete backlash from coaches, including the frontrunner Washington Huskies head coach Chris Petersen.

On top of that, PAC-12 basketball has been abysmal this season with expectations of a return to prominence completely shattered. Currently, no PAC-12 team is ranked in the Top 25.

Once more, the PAC-12 is mishandling its prized possession: the PAC-12 Network. The network is now unavailable to AT&T customers, slashing their audience by a large margin. And while unintentional, this past football season the network locked a large portion of the country out of a marquee matchup when (14) Washington State played (24) Stanford in a crucial late-season game for the Cougars just as they were gaining national attention.

With the ACC Network set to debut later this year, the PAC-12 could find itself officially bringing up the rear in college athletics.

In an effort to point towards a digital future with new opportunities at his disposal, Scott told Bloomberg that he is in a position to explore since the conference owns all of its media rights.

But the problem is the product, and asking the Amazons and Twitters of the world to invest in a product takes more than a historical name and a false slogan, “The Conference of Champions.” His conference continuously beats itself out of national title contention and as a result has little demand. AT&T proved that by dropping the PAC-12 Network in December. It is a red flag for TV networks that Scott will have to maneuver around as he negotiates with his digital partners-to-be.

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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