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March 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

ESPN to televise 2013 Pac-12 tourney

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott met with the media today and the first thing he did was try to quell rumors of the men’s basketball tournament moving to Las Vegas. He said no decision has been made while alluding to a Saturday meeting between the conference CEOs.
I’m hearing the deal to play next year at the MGM Grand Arena is all but done, barring a snag this week when the conference’s athletic directors meet and Saturday’s vote among the CEOs.
The womens’ tournament will not follow the men to Las Vegas and I’ve been told by sources it will be played at Seattle’s KeyArena in 2013.
Scott didn’t shed much light on the women’s tournament, but he did discuss the new TV deal with men’s basketball that begins next season.
ESPN will televise the 2013 men’s tournament and broadcast rights will rotate each year with Fox. In 2013, ESPN will broadcast the quarterfinals, semis and championship game. The first round will air on the new Pac-12 Network.
ESPN will televise 44 games next season, Fox 22 and the remaining 125 will be on the Pac-12 Network.
OTHER NOTES:
— Scott sounded as if the 8:40 p.m. start on Wednesday will not change even though those games are somewhat of a hindrance for fans in the Mountain time zone where the games begin begin at 9:40 at the earliest and end close to midnight.
— Scott acknowledged the Pac-12 hasn’t played up to the standard of a league that dubs itself the conference of champions. He said the outlook is bright and believes downturns like this year are cyclical.
— In terms of finding a host for the tournament, Scott thinks more about television issues than he does filling the seats in the stands.
— Scott’s to-do list includes making a push into China, which involves staging competitions overseas. He’s also consumed with launching the Pac-12 Network and taking control of the athletic websites for the teams in the conference.

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