The Pac-12 should announce its television network deal sometime within the next six weeks (Pac-12 Media Day on July 26th would be an ideal time...). Jon Wilner examines the three options the conference is considering. See the link for more details on each model.
Model 1: Flip a channel.
In this scenario, the conference would partner with an existing programmer and flip (re-brand) an existing channel the way Discovery Health Channel became the Oprah Winfrey Network.
This model would eliminate distribution risk for the conference -- it would gain instant access to a channel that's already in 30-40 million homes, at minimum.
Model 2: Start from scratch.
This option would align the conference with an existing cable or satellite operator in the creation of a new channel, with distribution baked in [similar to the Comcast Sports networks].
Model 3: The future is now.
The Pac-12 would opt against the traditional subscription-TV model and become the first conference to create an internet-based network.
Instead of teaming up with Time Warner or Comcast, the league would align with Google or Apple.
Instead of turning on your television to watch the Pac-12 Network, you'd turn on your computer (or tablet or mobile phone).
After the jump, check out the final records, bowl appearances, and championships from the 33-year era of the Pac-10.
- Uncle Ted reviews Pac-12 tight ends. Cal is in the middle "Good Shape" category.
- Tuscon Citizen has a great collection of records, bowl appearances, conference championships, and more from the Pac-10 era (which comes to an end on Friday). Cal's numbers would have been abysmal if not for Tedford.
- Mitchell Schwartz, Mychal Kendricks, and Bryan Anger earn spots on Athlon's All-Pac-12 Team. Brian Schwenke, Trevor Guyton, Sean Cattouse, and D.J. Holt made the third team.