10.May.2011 For Larry Scott Fan Boys

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Not a single Beaver game on ESPN or ABC…notice who else was left out? Yup, you guessed it. Washington State.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–Pac-10 Conference television partner ESPN/ABC will provide extensive coverage of Pac-12 football in 2011. ESPN and ABC will combine to televise 20 games from Pac-12 sites. Some of the games to be televised are selected prior to the season, others will be selected as the season progresses with picks made either six or 12 days prior to the games. Additional telecast selections by Fox Sports Net/Versus/FX will be announced in early June, 2011.

“The inaugural year of the Pac-12 will showcase new rivalries and some of the very best football in the country,” stated Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott. “We are delighted that this year, ESPN's Thursday and Friday night packages will provide significant national exposure for the entire Conference, along with our Saturday coverage on ESPN and ABC.”

Following are games involving Pac-12 teams that have been selected by ESPN/ABC for television as of May 10, 2011.

Day/Date Game Time TV

Sat., Sept. 3 Minnesota at USC 12:30 pm PT/3:30 pm ET ABC

Fri., Sept. 9 Missouri at Arizona State 7:30 pm PT/10:30 pm ET ESPN

Sat., Sept. 17 Texas at UCLA 12:30 pm PT/3:30 pm ET ABC (reverse mirror on ESPN)

Stanford at Arizona 7:45 pm PT/10:45 pm ET ESPN

Sat., Sept. 24 Oregon at Arizona 7:15 pm PT/10:15 pm ET ESPN or ESPN2

USC at Arizona State 7:15 pm PT/10:15 pm ET ESPN or ESPN2

Thur., Oct. 6 California at Oregon 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET ESPN

Thur., Oct. 13 USC at California 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET ESPN

Sat., Oct. 15 TBD 7:15 pm PT/10:15 pm ET ESPN

Thur., Oct. 20 UCLA at Arizona 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET ESPN

Sat., Oct. 22 Washington at Stanford 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET ABC or ESPN or ESPN2

Sat., Oct. 29 Stanford at USC 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET ABC

Fri., Nov. 4 USC at Colorado 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET ESPN2

Sat., Nov. 5 TBD 12:30 pm PT/3:30 pm ET ABC

*Sat., Nov. 12 TBD 12:30 pm PT/3:30 pm ET ABC or ESPN or ESPN2

or 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET

Sat., Nov. 19 TBD 12:30 pm PT/3:30 pm ET ABC

USC at Oregon 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET ABC

Fri., Nov. 25 California at Arizona State 7:15 pm PT/10:15 pm ET ESPN

Sat., Nov. 26 TBD 12:30 pm PT/3:30 pm ET ABC

Notre Dame at Stanford 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET ABC or ESPN or ESPN2

*ESPN/ABC and Fox Sports Net have worked out an arrangement whereby ESPN/ABC shall have first option to select the Washington at USC game for its 12:30 pm PT telecast window and the game could appear on either ABC or ESPN or ESPN2. If ESPN/ABC passes on Washington at USC, Fox Sports Net shall televise the game at 12:30 p.m. PT. ESPN/ABC would then move to a 5:00 pm PT telecast window on either ABC or ESPN or ESPN2. ESPN/ABC will make its decision 12-days in advance.

2011 Pac-12 away non-conference telecasts on ESPN/ABC platforms

ESPN/ABC also provided the Conference with the following 2011 away-crossover games. These games also may be released to the public. Television opportunities for additional away non-conference games will be provided to the campuses as soon as that information is made available to the Conference office.

Sat., Sept. 3 Oregon vs. LSU 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET ABC

Colorado at Hawai’i, 7:15 pm PT/10:15 pm ET ESPN2

Thur., Sept. 8 Arizona at Oklahoma State 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET ESPN

Sat., Sept. 17 Utah at BYU 6:15 pm PT/9:15 pm ET ESPN2

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  • OS_Beaver says:
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    Where the heck is Oregon State? How about OSU vs Wisconsin? I guess this is what Riley and DeCarolis’ passive attitudes get you. We need to get aggressive like Larry Scott and get to work on our POWERFUL brand ASAP. We act like we don’t expect to win in the big national spotlight or are unsure if we want it and this is the result. Have some pride Riley in coaching your players to be tough and rise to the occasion for big games and especially the spotlight ones. Erickson was so good at that and that is how you cement a reputation as a power program. Some people are just satisfied with Mayberry. Makes me sick. Play with attitude, build a POWERFUL brand and get the nation talking about you. DeCarolis, you are not showing Oregon St. fans much passion! Ed Ray should think long and hard before extending this guy on 6-30-2011. We could do better for sure. The Pac-12 is a platform now with very high cachet. This is a desirable job for a hungry AD full of passion who can take the brand/program to the elite level where we belong in Larry Scott’s Pac-12.

  • OS_Beaver says:
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    This is all on DeCarolis and Riley. Does Mayberry sell as a brand? NO WAY. The passive attitudes are killing us. Be AGGRESSIVE or be forgotten. Need that POWERFUL brand ASAP is right! Larry runs a meritocracy. If you can’t succeed at the highest level your Pac-12 logo will start to fade.

  • angry angry says:
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    Um, if people though WSU and OSU weren’t going to be the losers in his deal…

    Little people always lose. Again, OSU fans justified and rationalized, and once again reality has struck them over the head.

    I bet the old, dying guard rationalize this by saying “by not being on TV, that makes us unique!” lol lol

  • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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    Wisconsin-Oregon State will be on ESPN, pretty sure of that. Oregon State and USC I believe will be on ABC, same with Stanford and Oregon State. I’m not worried about tv schedule for games right now. The Beavers will have some on ESPN and ABC.

    • angry angry says:
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      You have no idea if games will be picked up. What I know is that OSU (or WSU) weren’t handed games right off the bat. Even CO and Utah were given slots.

      Actions speak louder than words, as they say. Today’s actions say, “we don’t care about the small market teams or their fans.” All Scott’s talk about equality look like corporate lip service as well. Not in the least bit surprised by this, find it rather funny, and look forward to more justifications and rationalizations.

      • OS_Beaver says:
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        Like I said. I am fine with meritocracy. DeCarolis and Riley have not shown the confidence to win hardly any big games besides USC at Reser. The numbers are actually VERY BAD as far as our performance in the national spotlight games, especially on the road.

        DeCarolis doesn’t think big enough and Riley isn’t man enough to demand the highest achievement and build a nastier reputation. This is what Mayberry gets you. Those that rationalize DeCarolis are the worst. Does he ever speak up boldly about his vision? Does Riley either really?

        Last time I heard BDC he was saying he was just getting used to “the internets” and wasn’t even close to understanding Facebook yet. Said he didn’t know how to use it. This is our 21st century BOLD leader who is going to help us secure a POWERFUL brand of football and athletics? He doesn’t want to be on the map and Riley doesn’t really that much either. They don’t want the pressure. Its pathetic. Ed Ray needs to be searching now for a savvier AD and then put him and DeCarolis in the same room for a “Battle” interview. Let Creative Artists agency also sit in and maybe Larry Scott. They will do what helps Oregon State become the POWERFUL brand the Pac-12 wants to be full of. Get aggressive or go home. Clearly our current brand is neither a Leader or a Legend.

      • KC says:
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        I think it mostly says, “we don’t care about the teams that can’t help us sell advertising.” If the dollars don’t ad up it’s no one’s responsibility to put our games on ESPN/ABC. Do you really think this would be the status quo if we had a top-10 team, or a top-25 team.

        Aside from OSU, I don’t go out of my way to watch any small market NCAA football teams that aren’t good, do you?

  • ean says:
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    well we did lose our best players and finish under .500 last year… not exactly a lot of enthusiasm for the ream outside the devout fan base. I think if we start winning we will be on TV more. Of course market size factors in too.

    • angry angry says:
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      well we did lose our best players and finish under .500 last year

      The Buffaloes have been horrible for a decade and were gift-wrapped two games.

      Arizona State, 3 games.

      Keep trying…

      • ean says:
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        keep trying at what? I don’t get it.

        All I am saying is people want to watch the top teams go at it. OSU is not a top team. If there are no top match ups of course they are going to go with the bigger media markets. How do we change this? The obvious answer would be to win more games. Not sure if there is another way to do it or not.

        • orangejulius orangejulius says:
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          Is their a lot of enthusiasm for Colorado?

          And where were they ranked last year/what was their record last year?

          Lastly, how many games does Colorado have on that schedule?

  • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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    Oh Mike………….http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-MUYjvCpWcQ

  • angry angry says:
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    I’ll just sit back, bite my tongue, watch the rationalizations flow in, and comment once after everyone is finished.

    *fires up bag of popcorn*

  • SanDiegoBeav says:
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    Can’t you all see that the television schedule is just focusing on those “historic rivalries” that Larry Scott dreamt up before his big news conference last year.

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    The TV gods are fickle.

    OSU got a lot of national TV exposure the last couple of years. That’s because we had the Rodgers brothers, and an exciting (if flawed) team that challenged for the PAC-10 championship.

    Things are different this year. We no longer have Quizz or Paea (perhaps not even James Rodgers). Our QB missed spring practice with a broken wrist. We are coming off a losing season, with relatively low expectations for 2011. And, of course, we are a small market team.

    Put all this together, and it’s no surprise that OSU got shortchanged on 2011 TV appearances. To be honest, it’s exactly what I expected, given our situation at the moment.

    How do we change this?

    Short term, the only way is by winning games and becoming a factor in the PAC-12 championship race. Do that, and we will get TV time in the second half of the 2011 season, for sure.

    Longer term, it’s all the stuff that Angry has been talking about for a long time. Sure, it’s still about winning games, but it’s also about better marketing, better recruiting, better coaching, even better uniforms.

    Still, let’s face it, USC and UCLA will always have more clout with the TV gods — and with the leaders of the PAC-12 — than OSU. College sports is a (big) business. Los Angeles is a MUCH bigger and more important market than Corvallis (duh). That’s reality. We have to deal with it.

    Let’s get back to work and do what we can. Whining won’t help. Winning will.

    Go Beavers!

  • KC says:
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    Nov. 26th is TBD, that’s the day of the civil war, if either team is ranked you can bet that game will be picked up. We play Stanford (11/5), Cal (11/12), and UW (11/19) all of which are TBD I would have to guess that the Stanford game has the best chance of getting picked up.

    I’m not really surprised or outraged by this, we will certainly have a few games on ABC/ESPN if we’re playing a top 10 team or we (by the grace of god) ourselves become ranked. We had a sh*t team last year, not projected to do much better this year and this is about demand not fairness. There is not much demand for Beaver football in the market place, nor WSU. How do you convince Larry and ESPN/ABC execs to give us a chance when the dollars and cents don’t add up? Out of the goodness of their hearts? suuuuuuuuure.

    There’s only so much BDC can do with what is essentially an inferior product, and because he’s average at best as an AD it’s even more of an uphill climb. Sure if we had the kind of AD that can sell tickets to his own solo act of swinging his nuts around town for 100 bucks a pop, or an AD that can sell water to a well, or fire in hell… come-on dude, such a person is scarcely within OSU’s reach. I’d don’t think it’s poor rationalization or justification to be happy with the current state of the conference $20+ million per school per year, that’s plenty to be happy about for now (considering we run a $5 million deficit). Get a winning team on the field and an audience will come.

    Of all the teams who have ABC/ESPN games schedule (to this point albeit, there’s still time for us to get a few of those dates) each one has at least one of the following: a commanding presence in their media marketing (read: UCLA, UC, Utah), a pre-season ranked team, a commanding national audience, and/or a football team that’s actually decent to good. OSU has none of those things so why should we be deserving of a demand driven national TV audience??

    I’m with ya on BDC/Ed Ray/Riley I’m certain there are people out there who can do a MUCH better job given the current circumstances. Finding, and having the money to hire such people is a whole different matter… good luck on that affair… most people are mediocre at best, it’s hard to find amazing people on a state dime with OSU’s current donor base.

    The fact remains, that we’re not in the conference room when these negotiations occur, for all we know BDC is tenacious as anyone else. Perhaps Larry fought for every team to have an ABC/ESPN game but the networks refused because they know they can’t sell the ads. We don’t know for certain so it’s mostly conjecture. More to point a winning team would alleviate this problem; I don’t know about you guys, but I’d like to win the games we play on a big stage and we have a long ways to go to get to that point so, EFF it!

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    KC — I agree with everything you say, except for one thing. I think the Beavers are in a GREAT position at the moment to upgrade their personnel.

    As I wrote in a prior posting on this blog, I think that’s job #1 for the Beavers at this time. Use the influx of cash from the coming PAC-12 deals to hire some first-class administrators, marketers, coaches, etc. Then let those people use their wisdom and experience to channel the rest of the money where it can do the most good.

    If the Beavers use the new-found money wisely, we should be able to improve our “product” in all kinds of ways. That will lead to more and better TV exposure down the road (and will lead to lots of other good things, too). But it has to start by hiring top people.

    I’m hopeful that Ed Ray understands this. Ed Ray certainly cares about OSU athletics, and understands the importance of a strong football program. Remember that Ed Ray used to be an administrator at Ohio State. More important, Ed Ray is currently chairman of the NCAA’s Executive Committee (a position that Ray holds through April 2012). That’s actually a very big deal.

    Fingers crossed that Ed Ray does the right thing here, and brings some top people to Corvallis asap to upgrade the Beaver football program (and Beavers athletics across the board). Now is the time, Ed. Please!

    • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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      One way additional money and Ed Ray’s influence could be used is to involve a sports psychologist, as Angry has suggested.

      Lindsay in the O mentioned Casey’s use of a “performance coach” named Brian Cain who may fill the bill. However, when I asked Cliff he indicated that, over the years, Riley has said he doesn’t think it’s needed.

      TV appearances are related to winning which is related to focus/intensity which may be related to the input of a “performance coach”. Given the lackluster performance last year it’s worth a try.

  • OS_Beaver says:
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    Breaking OSU News:

    DeCarolis signs 5 year extension.

    http://www.osubeavers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/051011aad.html

  • ObjCritic says:
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    What OSU games are really compelling for FOOTBALL fans this year, not just Beaver fans? I look at a team and see another down year, 4-5 wins. Without a legitimate running back, an undersized defensive line, and an under-performing offensive line, I just don’t see this as a team that challenges for the Pac-12 north, or is competitive in a manner that makes them interesting to watch. Plus, they’re a “small market” team like WSU, and have effectively ceded Portland to UO.

  • Geoff Whittier says:
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    doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure it out. Corvallis and Pullman are the 2 smallest media markets in the Pac-12.

    • OS_Beaver says:
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      Corvallis isn’t our media market. There are alot of Beaver fans in the Portland metro area which we are closer to than Eugene. I think our games when we are good are watched by just about as many interested fans as the Ducks. Granted the Ducks are really taking off right now, but with a POWERFUL brand we would be good TV nationally too. Sine Larry Scott has greatly improved our confernece exposure and with Benny set to appear in the next Collge Gameday series of commercials this affords us the chance to be the liked team from the state of Oregon and the one alot of people root for as opposed to the Ducks, who your either love or hate. If the Ducks stay at the very top of the national rankings in coming years more and more people will want to root for the Beavs instead of the team that has taken some of the national spotlight away from their teams. Get a strong POWERFUL brand and I see opportunity for Oregon State to be a well liked team nationally and a favored underdog for Pac-12 North and conference titles.

  • orangejulius orangejulius says:
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    Updated news from GT

    “The Oregon State football team’s nonconference game at Big Ten Conference opponent Wisconsin on Sept. 10 will begin at 9 a.m. and be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2, according to a press release by the cable network”

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