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Golden Nuggets: Marshawn Lynch Looks Forward to the Pac-12 Network

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Larry Scott and the Pac-12 are working feverishly to get the Pac-12 Network up and running this summer. Stewart Mandel has an extensive piece on what the network means to the visibility of the conference--for both olympic and revenue sports. Best of all, he has some quotes from an excited Marshawn Lynch.

Standing in the cold, gutted 70,000-square foot space of a downtown San Francisco office building, Lynch was noticeably giddy about the opportunity.

"I like the idea of the network," said the running back from nearby Oakland. "I kind of lost touch with my Cal Bears roots on the East Coast for four years [with the Buffalo Bills]. We might get a game or two every so often, but I never really got to watch the guys I'd built relationships with."

Predicaments like his are precisely what Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott set out to eradicate upon his July 2009 hiring, but last year's 12-year, $3 billion conference deal with ESPN and FOX was just the beginning. If all goes according to plan, there will be seven new Pac-12 cable networks -- one national, six regional -- on the air starting August 15. Together they will combine to air 850 live events next year, including every football and men's basketball game not aired by one of the league's partners.

And they won't just be showing the games on television, either.

"Everything that's on the Pac-12 Network, from day one, is going to be available on your iPad or on any mobile device," said Scott.

Scott and the growing staff of Pac-12 Enterprises -- which will encompass the TV networks, a conference digital network and a sponsorship department -- have just over six months left to pull off what can certainly be considered the most ambitious sports start-up venture to date. Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson, who helped launch Golf Channel in the mid-'90s, began the job last fall, scouting potential headquarter locations (they settled on San Francisco in November) and hiring an executive team. He currently has about 25 employees on staff and is looking to add roughly 100 more between now and launch day.

After the jump basketball sweeps the Pac-12 Player of the Week awards and Cal stays put in the latest bracketology.