- Nebraska is the addition
- Championship game, currently bid separate from rest of regular season
- Divisions and future schedules in football have been announced
- Likely an additional game slot each week, from 5 to 6
- Current contract allows for exclusivity for ABC in their slot. Has been waived when needed (OSU-Michigan saturday when ABC does a 2nd game at 3:30pm)
- Nebraska has hosted three November night games since '02. Two in '09
- Conference has not done Thursday night games. Unsure if schools will be open to that.
- Conference schedule remains at 8 games per team, 48 conference matchups
- Assumption is that there will be alteration to scheduling for MBK and that the conference tournament will now have four 1st round games.
- Loss of Colorado and Nebraska
- ABC and FSN have guaranteed to not decrease existing rights fees and appear to agree to allow existing contracts to expire before altering TV rights
- Conference made deal w/TV partner to go to nine conference games to retain value. Basketball will go to round-robin, home-home schedule. Schedule rotations for 2011 and future seasons have been released.
- FSN may have promised that Big 12 could have future rights fees that rival Big Ten and SEC
- Schools will be able to pursue networks for rights not taken by ABC & FSN and conference may consider the same
- Big 12 may be able to reopen all rights agreements if it does a conference network
- Texas may be close to aligning with Fox Sports on a network per Sports Business Journal
- For men's basketball, new formation has been praised. Conference will likely change tournament format to a pair of first round matchups.
- Utah and Colorado additions
- Championship game, unknown if bid separate from rest of regular season
- Conference more creative in scheduling, conference games happen at any point in season
- Schedule becomes more compressed, typically Pac-10 schedules regular season games through championship Saturday
- TV windows are currently exclusive, but ABC/ESPN seems to have much more leeway compared to prior years with more windows on ESPN and coexist with FSN in some windows
- Contracts do not appear to be renegotiated based on membership changes as contracts will expire at current date of 2012
- Pac-12 intends to continue with nine conference games per release of Utah's 2011 OOC schedule
- For men's basketball, full round-robin will be abandoned. All teams are expected to play each other, but some matchups will occur only once a year.
- Divisions are close to being finalized along with scheduling rotations. Some discussion regarding goal of everyone playing in California (in some cases, Los Angeles) as much as possible.
- Boise addition in 2011, BYU & Utah leaving
- Unknown status of Nevada and Fresno St. membership leaves 2011 currently at eight members
- W/eight members, 28 conference games. Loss of eight conference games
- CBSC is primary rights holder
- Comcast owns stake in mtn. and receives sublicensed games from CBSC. May consider selling stake in mtn. due to loss of Utah/SLC market per Sports Business Journal
- When Boise was added, comissioner intended to request for increase in rights. With loss of BYU and Utah, may have to accept no increase, possible decrease
- Most MWC teams are in holding pattern w/2011 schedules. Will they need to do 5 OOC games for a season?
- Loss of Boise St. in 2011, Nevada & Fresno in 2012
- Commissioner has admitted there could be a decrease in rights fee and appearances within ESPN contract
- Boise St., Fresno St. and Nevada have appeared in vast majority of WAC games contracted to ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 since 2004. Very few WAC games on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 did not include those three teams.
- Take out Hawai'i, who may/may not be considering independence and number drops
- Scheduling agreement in place with BYU to provide team opponents for two seasons
- Utah St. not part of WAC/BYU agreement due to existing series.
- Future of conference hangs on whether Nevada and Fresno can be released for 2011
- If 2011, WAC may lose standing as a BCS non-AQ conference
- If 2012, WAC may be safe as they are looking to add members
- WAC schools also on hold regarding 2011 schedule and need for additional opponents
- Schools being considered: Texas St., UTSA, Seattle & Denver. Last two as non-FB schools
- WAC tournament for 2011 is a stepladder format w/ninth place team left at home. Would not change in eight team league. Unsure if membership goes to eight or ten members.
BYU & WCC
- BYU to be independent in football in 2011, join WCC in all other sports
- BYU regular NCAA participant over last decade, most appearances w/out championship
- BYU has agreement w/ESPN for minimum of three football games on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2. Others on ESPNU. At least one game on BYUtv.
- BYUtv will gain re-air rights to all ESPN games and road games involving BYU on ESPN Networks
- WCC deal adds strength of BYU. May help raise profile of conference beyond Gonzaga & St. Mary's.
- WCC will likely have to change format of conference tournament from a stepladder to another format, or the ninth place team may be left out
- CBSC contract is complete. As of today, ESPN contract is not.
- No known holdups, though with the changes in the MWC and WAC, C-USA may be looking to solidify number of windows on ESPN or waiting for add'l realignment
- Unknown if C-USA is actively courting other networks or looking to solidify all rights with CBSC