The Pac-12 Conference, in response to increased complaints about late kickoffs, has announced the opening of an 11 a.m. Pacific time window for football games on Saturdays this fall.
The 11 a.m. games will air on the Pac-12 Networks, replacing an evening window on the conference’s television networks.
“This is a positive step for Pac-12 fans across the Conference,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a press release. “There has been an adjustment over the last two years with our new television agreement, and we believe fans – both in our stadiums and in the television audience – will benefit.”
In the same press release, the Pac-12’s CEO Group announced an update on its efforts for NCAA reform. As part of its “student-athlete health initiative,” the Pac-12 group has extended funding of its “Grant Program” to $3.6 million per year for the next three years.
Last month, the Pac-12 group had sent a letter to colleagues at other conferences outlining a 10-point plan for NCAA reform.
“We are at a pivotal moment in efforts toward reform, and we have been delighted by the positive feedback from our four peer Conferences,” said Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President of Washington State University and Chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group, in the release. “Our peers are in agreement on the need to expand scholarships to take into account to full cost of attendance, address student-athlete health, protect against unfair loss of scholarships before graduation, reduce the time demands that athletics make on our student-athletes, and incorporate current student-athletes into our governance groups.”