- I mentioned that the 1:30pm ET F/X telecast windows could be filled by either the Pac-12 or Big 12 and I stand by that, particularly because the Pac-12 Rocky Mountain schools could fill in. I neglected to mention the Arizona schools could fill in those spots as well once Daylight Savings Time ends. Here's the possible games for those weeks:
- 11/3: Stanford at Colorado, Washington St. at Utah
- 11/10: Colorado at Arizona
- 11/17: Washington St. at Arizona St., Washington at Colorado, Arizona at Utah
- At least for the F/X and FSN telecast windows, please consider those tentative. Last year, FOX touted that most of their F/X games would be at 8pm ET and that there would be a doubleheader on October 1st. The doubleheader ended up being in November and several F/X windows switched from 8pm ET to noon ET.
- I miscounted the possible Big 12 windows on FSN and neglected to include a window on 12/1. There's also a FOX College Sports telecast windows listed for 10/27 at 12pm ET and with FOX & F/X taking one game each, plus FSN taking three games and filling one with Navy at East Carolina, FCS appears like it might get a Big 12 game that day.
- Speaking of FCS, with FOX broadcast taking more Big 12 games plus F/X and FSN taking their cut, it sounds like they'll be shut out of the Big 12 unless they try to buy up some of the institutional telecast games and air those. The press release also mentions regional matchups from the ACC, SEC, Big East, Big Sky, WAC and Southland. FCS has shown the Southland TV Network games on tape delay in the past, so maybe they'll make those available live. The Big Sky Conference has their deal with ROOT Sports which are FSN affiliated networks, so that may be why they are included. Maybe they'll try to pick up the WAC Sports Network games, but I wouldn't expect to see the ACC, SEC or Big East as part of these channels due to their contracts with ESPN.
- An item to keep track of with the Pac-12 is how many appearances each school makes on FOX and ESPN. Per Duane Lindberg, the Pac-12's television coordinator, a school can appear a total of nine times combined on ABC, FOX, F/X and the ESPN networks. USC, for example, has been selected for four games on those entities as part of the Pac-12 contract (Hawai'i, at Stanford, at Utah, Notre Dame). The Pac-12 Networks guaranteed themselves at least one USC game with the selection of the California game on 9/22 and they'll have at least one more conference game on their networks. Why is that? Nine conference game schedule plus the Notre Dame and Hawai'i non-conference games means that USC has 11 possible appearances as part of the Pac-12 TV deal. Because FOX and ESPN took the two non-conference games, it left at least two USC games for the Pac-12 Networks.
- Lastly, if the Pac-12 takes those three 1:30pm ET F/X windows, this could be the split you see of Big 12, Pac-12 & C-USA across all FOX nets. This split accounts for 22 Pac-12 games, 20 C-USA games and about 38 Big 12 games. FOX has rights to about 40 Big 12 games and there's a hole on ESPN's Thanksgiving evening schedule that seems to be waiting for a Big 12 game to fill it and I assume that will come out of ABC's count of games. I counted 66 Big 12 games. Ten games go back to the schools, one game per school. If ABC takes their 18 (maybe airing some on ESPN/ESPN2), FOX would have exactly 38 to distribute across their networks.
- FOX: Big 12 (9-13 games), Pac-12 (8-12 games)
- F/X: Big 12 (6-10 games), Pac-12 (10-14 games)
- FSN: Big 12 (18 games), C-USA (20 games)
- FCS: Big 12 (1 game ??)
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Addendum to blog post about FOX, Pac-12 and Big 12
Wanted to address a few items about the FOX schedule and where the Pac-12 and Big 12 fit in.