Pac-12 TV Deal: Potentially $3 Billion, Split Between FOX & ESPN

The Pac-12 is moving forward, and Larry Scott is taking them to new, uncharted waters. He promised to impress with his new media rights deal, which should put the conference on equal footing with the SEC and Big Ten in terms of total media distribution. The dirty details are as follows, courtesy of the New York Times.

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  • 12 year contract, worth $18 to 20 million a year (this would start in fall 2012 and run until 2024), placing them at the top in terms of yearly average payout among big conferences.
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  • Five premier college football primetime games on ABC & FOX. All remaining Pac-12 football games will be broadcast on ABC. The Pac-12 championship game will be rotated yearly between ESPN & FOX.
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  • All Pac-12 college basketball games will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU & Fox Sports Net. The Pac-12 tournament will be rotated between the ESPN family of neteworks and FOX/FX.
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  • ESPN owns the rights to 15 Pac-12 Olympic Sports. It's expected when the Pac-12 network forms, it'll also host a number of the events.
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  • Pac-12 will own their TV network entirely (The Big Ten Network is owned half by FSN, and the Texas Longhorn Network is owned entirely by ESPN).  A digital network is also in the works which will broadcast 350 sporting events and 500 events relevant to the conference.
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SB Nation commenter PlayClassyBears has a great writeup and breakdown this story over at the California Golden Blogs; check it out!

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