Despite the outside noise members of the Pac-12 are confident
The Pac-12 is in a peculiar situation after the departure of USC and UCLA, as the entire college football world is expecting the conference to flop whilst the remaining members are confident.
The latests of course being Colorado chancellor Phil DiStefano, who also doubles as chair of the Pac-12 CEO group. DiStefano expressed to BuffZone.com how firmly he believes in the remaining 10 schools not only staying together, but locking down a great media rights deal saying:
“When UCLA and USC left, people were talking about, ‘There’s not going to be a Pac-12 anymore; other schools will leave and go to the Big 12, go to the Big Ten, go to the ACC.’
He continued saying:
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“The 10 schools are sticking together and I believe we’ll end up with a very favorable media rights (deal) coming up.”
DiStefano’s wasn’t the only confident person in regards to the Pac-12’s chances of staying afloat, as commissioner George Kliavkoff, who spoke this week on the Canzano & Wilner podcast also expressed major confidence in the conference. Unlike Kliavkoff, DiStefano did provide slightly more clarity about the conference’s timeline saying:
“Obviously, people want to know now and we want to get the best deal we can get,” DiStefano said. “If that takes us another month or two or longer to do, that’s fine with me. We need to get the best deal that we can get. We’re looking at a contract that might be five or seven years, so to get the best deal, let’s take our time and do that.
The first sentence of that quote does indicate that we may finally hear something concrete in the coming weeks. This of course will likely be about a deal with Amazon or Apple, unless ESPN forks over some more money, which they recently haven’t been willing to do.
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