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PAC-12 lands awesome TV deal, includes Thursday & Saturday night primetime

The PAC-12 and ESPN have reached a twelve-year agreement to increase exposure via ESPN platforms. 

Beginning with the 2012-2013 football season, ESPN will broadcast four Thursday night games and four Friday night games.  ESPN will also broadcast the PAC-12 championship game every other year beginning in 2013.

In total, ESPN will air 22 regular-season PAC-12 games annually.  ESPN will broadcast a total of five Saturday night PAC-12 games that will kick-off at 10:30 pm EST.  Either Fox or ABC will broadcast another five primetime games.

Looking ahead to next season, not part of this particular agreement, ESPN will broadcast four Thursday night games that involve PAC-12 teams.  Those games are Arizona at Oklahoma State, Cal at Oregon, USC at Cal, UCLA at Arizona.

Friday night nationally broadcasted games next season include Missouri at Arizona State, and USC at Colorado.

PAC-12 commissioner Larry Scott believes the additional revenue generated by TV deals will reduce stress on the member universities and allow certain schools to add sports that had previously been dropped.  

The ESPN / Fox agreement will pay the conference $225 million per year.  Last year, the conference only made a total of $60 million in media rights.

 

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