03.May.2011 PAC-12 TV Deal
Here are the bullet points courtesy of Jon Wilner:
* ESPN and Fox will be co-rightsholders.
* Games will be shown on Fox, ABC, FX, Fox Sports Net, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.
* The contract includes the Pac-12 football championship game, which will be shown alternately on Fox and ABC.
* The deal is worth approx $3 billion … or approx $250 million per year … or approx $21 million per school per year.
* The deal starts in 2012-13 and covers 12 years.
* The league will form its own network — and be the sole owner (unlike Big Ten Network partnership with Fox).
* The conference will also create a digital channel, like ESPN3.
* The conference is expected to formally announce the deal Wednesday in Phoenix, where it’s holding its annual spring meetings.
What I heard is that Utah and Colorado will both (rightfully) be vested over the first few years. So expect the original 10 members to get a little more in the beginning. My math has OSU at around 22.5 mil the first year.
The downside is that Fox is still involved. As we all know, their production is horrible. Even Versus is better–they at least broadcast in HD, and Ted Robinson is an underrated sportscaster (the guy always does his research). The other thing I don't like is that games will be shown on Fox, ABC, FX, Fox Sports Net, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. For the most part they're just replacing Versus with FX, but that's still seven networks, which means we're going to be wasting a lot of our time hunting down games. Finally, I am curious to see how much of a hit the consumer will take. Right now I pay $5 for Comcast's Sports Package, which includes FSNW and FCS. The Beaver's games were always on one of those channels. I'd be willing to pay $10 per month, but I don't think I'd go higher than that.