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Opus Bank To Sponsor Pac-12 Conference In Multiyear Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 29 / 16

California-based Opus Bank has agreed to a multiyear deal that makes it the official bank of the Pac-12 Conference. Opus, which replaces Bank of the West, will have an array of assets, ranging from advertising on the linear Pac-12 Networks to a full presence at league championship events and a robus...

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