What good is enhanced access for TV broadcasts or the star power of Coach Prime if those game telecasts aren't seen?
"While an agreement could be struck as early as this fall, Sook said that more enticing options are not available until 2026."
"Clearly, the optics are something those folks are really worried about."
“ESPN’s current deal with the Pac-12 expires in July of 2024.”
"If Pac-12 games really are airing on Saturdays after twenty-year-old reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond and an infomercial for Rodent Sheriff, would schools like Utah and...
"With all four other power conferences having long-term deals secured, the major networks are running out of desirable time slots where the conference's football games could...
"The big five networks are seeing their available inventory to air Pac-12 games disappear."
"Schools are expected to receive anywhere from $28.5 million to $34.9 million each year under the new deal."
The company launched Scripps Sports late last year as a potential vehicle for local sports rights, with the idea that broadcasts would air on Ion.
"So nobody is walking in and watching Pac-12 Network, even if there's a pretty good game in the Pac-12. It's just not available."