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Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott Stresses Importance Of Lucrative TV Deal
Published March 11, 2011
WEIGHING THEIR OPTIONS: Scott said that the conference is "looking into the idea of playing the Pac-12 basketball Tournament somewhere other than" L.A, though the site is "locked in" through '12 "because that's the final year of the current TV contract." In Portland, John Hunt notes attendance for Wednesday's Oregon-Arizona State men's game at Staples Center was 7,814, and "perhaps half that many were around to watch" Wednesday's Oregon State-Stanford game. Scott said that he was "disappointed in the crowds last year but attributed it, in part, to USC's absence due to a postseason band." He added that he "intends on seeing what crowds the next few days bring, then spending the next 12 months or so evaluating the idea of a site switch" (Portland OREGONIAN, 3/11).
TIME FOR A CHANGE? In Ft. Worth, Jones & Davison report Big 12 officials "met Thursday with an image branding firm to discuss possible new logos and a marketing strategy." A source said that "no name changes were presented or considered," but that is "not ruled out for discussion sometime between now and the conference meetings May 31-June 6." The source said that there "does not appear to be a strong sentiment for a new name, even though the conference will have only 10 members next season" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/11).