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February 17, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Pac-10 Commish says every basketball game will be televised

Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott continues revamping the conference and in a Wednesday interview he said the league office is committed to broadcasting every men’s basketball game when it completes its new broadcasting deal.
“Going forward we are making a fundamental change in the way we are approaching the video rights in that right now the conference takes 56 events that we’ve licensed to Fox Sports Net and ESPN and CBS and the rest of the games go right back to the schools individually to decide what to do with them,” he said. “Going forward all media rights will go to the conference. So all basketball games which I think are about 182 games, we’re going to package everything ourselves. When it comes to football and men’s basketball we are going to commit to every game being broadcast. And No. 2 we are going to put a premium on more national exposure, especially for our high-profile games.”
Scott was unclear about how the conference plans to implement his ideas.
“There’s a lot of different possibilities, but we’re looking at everything from the broadcast networks to national cable channels to the possibility of our own Pac-12 network to the formation of a Pac-12 digital network,” he said. “Streaming online is becoming more and more important as well. The great things about all of this technology is there’s a lot of new forms of distribution.
“But the key is for the conference to control it all so we can use the power of having everything together to create better distribution and better exposure because we know we can do a much better job of serving our fans and serving our programs than what we’re doing today.”
Tonight’s Washington at Arizona State is not being carried by FSN and is only available online at foxsportsarizona.com.
FSN asked ASU if the school would be willing to push back the 6:30 p.m. (MST) tip off so it didn’t conflict with the Arizona-Washington State game that also begins at the same time. The school would have needed to apply for a waiver that would have been granted that would have allowed the network to televise the game. ASU didn’t want to change the start time.
Scott said in the future those decisions will be made at the conference office.
On another note: The Pac-10’s final two regular-season games will also be decided next week. On Monday, ESPN/ESPN2 will have first pick for the games on Thursday, March 3, followed by the FSN. For Saturday, March 5, CBS will select first, then FSN will pick two games.

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