I’m on my way back from Arizona as my stint filling in on the Mariners’ beat has concluded, meaning I’ll soon have more time to get a few more things on the blog, especially in anticipation of spring practice beginning March 29.
As for today, the most interesting thing out there is the news about the Big 12’s apparent TV deal with Fox. As that story notes, the deal would triple what the Big 12 currently gets (and that is despite the loss of two teams going forward — Nebraska and Colorado).
The Pac-10/12 is currently in negotations for its own TV deal that will begin with the 2012-13 academic year, and the fact that Fox appears to be upping the ante is good news, as Jon Wilner explains well. Think what you want of Fox, if it offers a through-the-roof financial package, that’s what the Pac-10/12 is going to take, as the whole reason to expand was to increase the money from TV as much as possible. Today’s news seems to be further evidence that the expansion gamble may pay off as the Pac-10/12 hoped.
And as Wilner notes, there are also some encouraging signs from the Big-12 deal for a possible Pac-10/12 network, as well.
Pac-10/12 commissioner Larry Scott provided an update on the negotations last week while meeting with the media at the conference basketball tournament. As noted in that story, Scott expects the process to take a few more months, so it will be a little while yet, likely before anything substantive is known.