NBC/Versus loses out on PAC-12 deal to FOX & ESPN

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  1. Spydey629

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6471380

    Huge $$$ deal, huge exposure deal:

    The one-liner about Comcast/NBC:

    FTIW, I don't think Comcast could match the exposure FOX and ESPN offered. Just too many stations available with two major powers combined.


    For the record, I wasn't sure if this was worth it's own thread or not. But I wasn't sure which one of the TV Deal/Negotiation threads to add it to, either.
     
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    This will hurt VS or whatever it will become. Having rights to a major conference would be a huge thing, especially since the Pac 12 has every major market west of in both the pacific and rocky mountain region.
     
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    I think it hurts, but not in the way I think you are implying...

    1- Hurts that they lose the secondary PAC-10 games they bought from Fox Sports Net.

    2- Missed Opportunity. PAC-12 fans won't notice a difference in coverage, but hockey fan who want Versus to grow can only think of what might've been.
     
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    NBC didn't have the money or exposure that either ESPN or FOX could match, that's why they lost out on this deal

    It's not that big of a deal. Only place they can go realistically is wait for the Big East's contract to expire and hope Notre Dame joins that conference
     
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    Actually Notre Dame can stay independent. Add the Big LEast in football, and you still get double-headers for NBC on Saturdays plus hoops and football for Versus.
     
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    See, that's the thing. The Least isn't valuable to a long range TV contract unless ND is involved in football. It's a basketball league first and foremost and that's about the only reason ESPN even owns their rights. They got shoveled into the games on Thursdays and Friday's that the Big Ten balked at and formed their network

    With conferences getting paid and some of these teams getting these big paydays, ND remaining independent is only a matter of time before the economics makes them do what they don't want to
     
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    Did I miss the term somewhere?

    Edit: found it. 12 years.
     
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    LA Times article also talks about Versus being rebranded as well. Gonna be nice giving the PAC 12 a more national exposure. Can't stand having the BIG 12 and SEC shoved in my face.
     
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    2.7 billion for 12 markets for 12 years... who does the Pac 12 think they are...
    the NHL???


    Just imagine how much they could have gotten in this deal if the Pac 12 also played hockey at NCAA Division 1 level...

    :sarcasm:
     
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    NBC/Comcast should go after the Big Ten. NBC and Versus/NBC Sports for big games, Big Ten Network for secondary games.
     
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    46zone Pass me the soft pretzels

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    I don't think the Big 10's television contract(s) will be up for quite some time. NBC/Vs better atleast land the Big East because the other BCS conferences have been swallowed up by ESPN, CBS, and FOX.
     
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    Didn't the Big East set up their own network together with ESPN? I doubt they'll change partners if their relationship goes that deep.
     
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    46zone Pass me the soft pretzels

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    Not sure of that; you could be right.
     
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    It is a syndicated network, not an actual channel. Don't think that will be a stumbling block. Though ESPN will probably pay through the roof to keep the Big East.
     

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