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May 4, 2011 at 11:02 AM

What to expect when the new Pac-12 TV deal begins in 2012

Here’s some of the details from the Pac-12’s new TV deal.
— The 12-year deal, which goes into effect in 2012, also includes the creation of a new media company, Pac-12 Media Enterprises. The new entity will control rights and distribute on its platforms the Pac-12 games not licensed to ESPN and FOX Sports. This broadcast entity, which will own the Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Digital Network and Pac-12 Properties, is wholly owned by the Pac-12 Conference and will exist independently of the newly announced ESPN and FOX Sports arrangements.
— Sixty-eight regular-season men’s basketball games will appear on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and Fox Sports Net. The FSN games will be nationally televised. The ESPN channels will broadcast 46 games, FSN receives 22. The ESPN games will likely air at 8 p.m. (PST).
— The Pac-12 is creating its own network and the rest of the games – more than 120 – will be aired on the network or available online. Scott was unsure if the new Pac-12 network would be available in all of the Pac-12 markets.
— To ensure a fair distribution of games, ESPN, FOX Sports and the Pac-12 Network will share pre-determined men’s basketball selection rights.
— Basketball games will be played Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, which allows the conference to maintain the travel partner schedule it has had for years. In the past, games were played primarily on Thursday and Saturday.
— The conference will control the scheduling and any changes. Prior to this new agreement, schools were given the option of moving start times.
— The Conference’s men’s basketball tournament (quarterfinals, semi-finals and the championship game) will be shown on ESPN/ESPN2 or FOX Sports/FX. ESPN will broadcast the first basketball championships and then rotate with FOX/FX each year thereafter. The balance of the tournament will be featured exclusively on the Pac 12 Network. Fox Sports Net continues to hold all rights to the 2012 tournament.
—The TV executives said they preferred the conference tournament remain in Los Angeles. The chances that it rotates to various sites is slim.
— The Pac-12 will receive $250 million per year over 12 years – or about $20.8 million per school – from ESPN and FOX. All revenue will be shared equally with the exception of Utah. The Utes agreed to a stipulation in which they’ll receive a 50 percent share in 2012-13 and a 75 percent share in 2013-14. Utah will receive a full share in the following years.

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