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Pac-12's TV Flex Plan Options Frustrating Some With Late Game-Time Annoucements
Published November 9, 2012
MONEY TALKS: In Seattle, Steve Kelley writes of the late announcement for UW's game time, "I waited nervously last Sunday, waiting to discover the kickoff time for Saturday's football game." This is "college athletics' new world order." Every conference is "chasing the television money," and "every conference is willing to trade tradition for gold." Delayed announcements mean that football fans "can't make plans for the upcoming weekend until six days before kickoff." Kelly: "It isn't fair, but that's the way it is and the way it's going to remain" (SEATTLE TIMES, 11/9). In Phoenix, Paola Boivin writes, "I like the direction of the Pac-12 Conference. ... I don't, however, like finding out the start time of a game just six days before kickoff." Boivin: "Not surprisingly, it's a television thing." Under the terms of the Pac-12's TV contract, ESPN and Fox are "allowed a select number of times during the season to exercise a six-day selection option." Boivin: "We're all smart enough to know television makes the sports world go 'round these days. We'll stay up late and wake up early if that means watching a college football game that interests us. But don't you have to draw the line somewhere?" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/9).