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February 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Thursday morning links — More TV talk

I’ve gotten lots of questions about the pending Pac-12 negotiations for its new TV deals for football and basketball.

Hard to get much more detail on what is going on than this piece late last night from Jon Wilner.

One thing to remember on this — for football, the new deal won’t take effect until the 2012 season, so next year is status quo.

Another thing to remember — there will likely continue to be multiple rights holders for conference football games. Recall that UW had seven games on ESPN/ABC this year, more than any other network (including the Holiday Bowl), just three on FSN, two on Versus and one on CBS College Sports. Such a distribution among different networks is likely to continue.

As Wilner notes, the negotiations right now are for a primary rights holder, and it surely will upset some fans to read that he concludes that Fox remains the leader in the clubhouse.

It doesn’t sound like Larry Scott is having much better luck than his predecessor, Tom Hansen, in dealing with ESPN, which simply doesn’t want (and never has wanted) to give the conference the money and exposure it can get elsewhere. As Wilner quotes one person saying: “ESPN has no place to put them.” Time zone issues also remain a problem.

Wilner notes that Comcast/NBC could also be a player in this.

Wilner also has some good detail on the future of a Pac-12 Network (expect lots of non-revenue sports if it happens) and some of the complications in getting it started.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

Percy Allen also had an item quoting conference commissioner Larry Scott saying that in a new deal, every basketball game will be on TV.

— Former Arizona coach Dick Tomey, now 72, has replaced former Husky assistant Chris Tormey as the special teams coach at Hawaii, which plays at UW next September.

— Yahoo.com is the latest to break down Jake Locker’s NFL prospects, saying the best NFL comparison may be Donovan McNabb.

— Arizona has added former Rutgers QB Tom Savage to its roster. He’ll be eligible in 2012 as a possible successor to Nick Foles.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller looks at what to watch around the Pac-12 North this spring.

— Miller also has an overview of the entire conference heading into the spring.

All for now.

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