Pac-12 Networks: University presidents have “concern” about the revenue. Why

(Patrick) #1

Wazzu president speaks out on the PAC-12 network.

“This is a concern of the Pac-12 presidents and I can tell you it’s a large discussion point with meetings with the commissioner at every single meeting,” Schulz added.

“Because everybody needs these revenues to be competitive, not just within the Pac-12, but hey, the Pac-12 schools have got to be competitive with ACC, the SEC and the Big Ten and Big 12, and we’re falling behind.”

(Dustin K) #2

But you know they are on the time slot from ESPN with the most viewers according to that stuff they showed during the game recently.

(Patrick) #3

(Patrick) #4

Pac-12 Networks wants to ‘exploit reach’ of digital giants

Instead, Shuken focused on the promise of digital media companies like Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Twitter (NYSE: TWTR). Shuken wants to make sure that those deep-pocketed companies sample enough Pac-12 content by 2023, when its current rights fee deals expire, to come to the negotiating table and vie for its live sports rights.

“Our short-term objective is to learn from these companies and exploit their reach,” Shuken said. “Our long-term goal is to position ourselves for the most number of interested parties when our rights agreements come up.”

(Patrick) #5

I’m wondering if they should just call it a failure, go to ESPN and see if they can get their Tier 3 rights on ESPN+.

Wilner, who’s been the leading reporter on this situation for years, wrote Monday that the conference’s contracts with DirecTV owner AT&T and their U-Verse cable offering also expire this summer, and that many sources think those won’t be renewed:


This is Larry Scott’s vision. He sold the PAC on the idea that if they owned the the TV distribution they would rich beyond their dreams. The PAC network model has failed miserable. It is time to dump Scott and sell the network to ESPN, Fox, or someone else and start making some money.

(Patrick) #7

Honestly can’t believe they’ve kept Larry Scott around. PAC 12 is fading into obscurity and he’s letting it happen.


not only have they kept him around, they have made him the highest paid Conference Commissioner.

(Patrick) #9

So if DirecTV carriage is removed from the calculation — if the current state of affairs were to continue — then half the athletic departments likely would benefit financially from the end of the AT&T partnership. (And it could be more than half, if we consider Utah and Oregon.)

(Chris) #10

Concern? How in the world did Scott get a contract extension to 2022? That should be the question that every PAC 12 member ought to answer.

I do appreciate SportsBusiness Daily Journal but…


“Scott oversaw a rebranding and expansion of the Conference with the addition of the University of Utah and the University of Colorado.”
I don’t know about you but when I think of the PAC 12 I do not think ‘wow, they sure are lucky to have Utah and Colorado.’

(Chris) #12

The entire lack of leadership from Larry Scott speaks volume. When you think that California has arguably the best High School talent in the nation the last ten years speak for themselves. The PAC 12 should be in the cfp every single year. Larry Scott has a huge responsibility for the current PAC 12 lack of success. Again, to get a contract extension to 2022 makes absolutely no sense.

(Patrick) #13

In 2018, however, we’ll see the beginnings of a revamped approach fueled by the campuses themselves and implemented by a new management team.

“The universities and the athletic directors have told us they want to emphasize football,” networks president Mark Shuken told the Hotline.

“We want to give the people what they want, when they want it, and interest is clearly driven by football. We just had to plan how to do it.”