LAist-CS Week 8 Rankings: Pac-12 Broadcasting Partner?
As I wrote about the other day the Pac-12 announced the divisional alignments starting next football season. Of course this is all related to money, namely television revenues. Currently they have a pretty shitty deal with Fox Sports Net in which their game of the week is shown across the regional television networks and will after the 2011-12 season.
So I started thinking about the best possible destination for the Pac-12 this afternoon. Of course there is ESPN, but they’re already polluted with Big Ten obligations in the morning and SEC in the evening. There’s always having their own Pac-12 Network, but that still leaves the question of where to broadcast the game of the week. CBS is less than ideal because they are the SEC network. Likewise NBC is Notre Dame’s network.
Which leaves the most obvious possibility: Fox.
There is a network that will have no other ties to other conferences - the Pac-12 can have their own Verne Lundquist. Plus they can broadcast the game 5:00 pm Pacific Time which would be prime time on the East Coast. You know, woo those voters.
Call me crazy, but it might work. Fiscally I don’t know how it would work out. I don’t know which announcing group you would put on the game (but for one I know it definitely should not be Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.) But doesn’t it sound logical?
Anyhow here are the rankings.