Turmoil in the Pac-12 ... moving on from Larry Scott?

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  1. ChrisMWilliams

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    I can remember not that long ago when he was heralded as a forward thinker and genius at his position. Held up there with Jim Delaney and others one of the power brokers of college sports. He has fallen quite a bit
     
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    I really enjoyed PAC football when I lived in the same time zone. The matchups, venues, tradition (not CU or Utah) are well established.

    The addition of the 2 teams didn't bring a ton of value as a fan.

    They have **** the bed with media payouts even with the LA, SF, and Seattle markets. I know LA isn't a "sports town" but it's the second largest market in America who loves to follow a winner...

    Poor job by the PAC in playing their hand
     
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    I love that he moved the offices to downtown San Francisco and then bought a house in Danville, which, at BEST, is an utterly miserable hour commute each way. Great restaurants, though.
     
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    Wouldn’t be shocked in they had a helicopter.
     
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    FIRE LARRY SCOTT
     
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    I’d prefer they don’t
     
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    #8 cykadelic2, Jul 7, 2020
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    It is almost inevitable that the PACN will be sold to a new entrant (e.g. Amazon, Google, Apple) in premium live sports production. Apple has reportedly already inquired and Amazon has hired a live sports production exec. The P12 schools need the cash badly. Scott will lose his job if that sale transpires.

    The content quality that PACN produces is very good. What has killed them are the excessive operating expenses that Canzano describes as well as the network's distribution issues and lack of leverage as an independent operator.

    If PACN is sold to a new entrant, that newbie will likely target the B12 as well in an alliance or merger scenario with the P12 to extend their primary geographic footprint and add premium content inventory. They would also likely bid on NFL rights. Given that the SEC and ACC are tied to the hip with ESPN/Disney for the foreseeable future and the B10 is primarily tied up to Fox/BTN, that leaves the P12 and B12 as legit available targets for a new entrant. And if a new entrant would acquire the P12/B12 rights, they could potentially sublicense OTA rights to CBS, who needs to replace their weekly SEC GOTW that is moving to ESPN/ABC.
     
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    Scott didnt pay cash for his house, CF does not approve!
     
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    We are going to fall for that BS again....
     
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    If the money is right from a new entrant, the B12 will likely have no choice but to enter into a merger or alliance. It won't happen as long as Scott is P12 Commish but if he is fired, the odds of it happening significantly increase.

    Need to keep in mind that the B12 previously explored a full alliance/merger after Scott attemped to poach 6 original B12 schools:

    https://sports.cbsimg.net/images/collegefootball/Big-12-Pac-12-Strategic-Alliance-Document.pdf
     
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    I'm very suspicious of any organization that is not that large but wants to be right downtown of these major cities. That is a status move to try and swing above your weight.
     
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    I don't think it can overstated what an absolutely failure the PAC has been in recent years. There were YEARS of TV revenue that were dependent on having Cable/Satellite subscribers more than anything else. The PAC has big TV markets. With something even approaching competence the PAC should've made huge money in the 00s and 10s.

    As revenue becomes more and more dependent on actual viewership they are screwed. I can understand that moving forward in the current environment the PAC is in a tougher position than probably all the other major conferences. However, there is zero excuse for them not absolutely cleaning up during the dinosaur days of cable/satellite subscriber dependence.
     
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    They need to rig it so USC or UCLA win the south and probably Oregon win the North. Better make sure they are all 0 or 1 loss teams going into the title game too. Can't have Utah winning the South.
     
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    Moving to Danville is 100% about status, too: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704893604576200941847105136. The brilliant part is that he’ll probably double his money on the house, even if the conference doesn’t make him repay the loan.
     
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    Oliver Luck would be a slam-dunk hire to run the PAC12. He knows how the NCAA operates, has GM experience, and most importantly understands that there is value of other PAC12 brands and that it's not all about USC.
     
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    Agree. Luck has also been mentioned to replace Mark Emmert but he would be more useful and wield more power as P12 Commish than NCAA President due to control of FB TV deals. Luck would also be a positive asset for the B12 in any alliance or merger scenarios.
     
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