Washington athletic director Scott Woodward, before the Huskies’ 8:06 p.m. kickoff against California last Saturday, expressed his frustration over the increasingly late kickoff times around the Pac-12 Conference.
Thursday night in Pullman, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott acknowledged that the conference would prefer to have fewer night games.
Scott explained that some of the reason for the increased night games is the new FoxSports1 channel, an arm of Fox Sports, which has taken an option to show more games at night.
“The advent of FoxSports1 as a dedicated sports channel is one of the reasons we do have more evening games,” Scott said. “I think that’s why people are feeling a significant difference from last year to this year.
“Long-term, (FoxSports1) will be great for our conference. They’re going to be a robust competitor with ESPN, they do a great job of production and we’re one of the featured rights-holders. They’re going to do a great job promoting Pac-12 football.”
Scott was reminded that when he was appointed commissioner in 2009, his mandate from the presidents was to make more money.
“The higher priority when I came to the conference was: How do we get more TV, how do we get more exposure, how do we get our revenues up?’ ‘’ Scott said. “We’ve been able to address it.”
The revenues have created a boom in facilities on Pac-12 campuses that Scott called “dramatic.”
“People are talking about the Pac-12 and the SEC in the same breath,” Scott said. “I know when I arrived four years ago, I wouldn’t have heard that out of anyone’s mouth.”
— Arizona State routs Washington State 55-21 in Pullman.
— Scary good: Taylor Kelly accounted for seven touchdowns for the Sun Devils.
— Colorado could be without its top rusher against UCLA.
— UCLA’s top rusher is also questionable.
— What to watch for with Oregon State-USC.
— Athlon’s previews and predictions for the Pac-12 this weekend.
Note: Been a little quiet on the blog this week during the Huskies’ bye, and it’ll be a quiet weekend as we let the young scout-team bloggers get some practice posts in from the home office. The results won’t made public, but the guess here is the youngest scout-teamer’s first headline will look something like this: Gdkj;alkfsdj; djfqiobaaaaaaaaan;q-jbjwpi!)Z.
Have a great weekend, everyone.