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December 16, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Pac-12 chooses San Francisco as HQ for its Networks

No great surprise here, but the Pac-12 announced Friday morning that it has chosen a downtown San Francisco site to be headquarters for the Pac-12 Networks due to launch in August of 2012.

Seattle and Phoenix had tossed hats into the ring to be the networks host, but the Bay Area had long been considered a front-runner for the honor, with the Walnut Creek conference headquarters close by.

The league has an 11-year agreement with Kilroy Realty Corporation for a multi-floor lease at 370 Third St. in the South of Market district, which it describes as “technology-rich.” The site will serve as the hub for Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 Digital Network and Pac-12 Properties (the sponsorship, licensing and events-management arm of the league).

Pac-12 Enterprises chief Gary Stevenson called it an “ideal location,” saying, “We love the vibrancy of San Francisco and believe it will be very conducive to the environment we envision.”

There was little suspense to the notion the Networks would land in the Bay Area. A couple of weeks ago, Stevenson hinted the headquarters would be close to the league office, saying, “We have such a close interface with the conference, and the conference office is here.”

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