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Pac-12 Conference selects ESPN Radio to carry football championship

The Pac-12 Conference continues to finalize the details of its inaugural conference football championship, selecting ESPN Radio to broadcast the Dec. 2 game.

ESPN Radio will carry the game across its network of stations, satellite radio, online and via its ESPN Radio app for mobile. It has 453 affiliates nationally, as well as 41 ESPN Deportes affiliates.

“ESPN does a terrific job covering college football, and we are very excited about partnering with ESPN Radio to broadcast our championship game,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “With their great reach across the country, their presence on satellite radio and their promotional strength, we expect an expansive audience for the first-ever championship game.”

Terms of the deal were not available. ESPN Radio will broadcast 47 football games this season, including 22 bowls and the BCS national championship game.

The Pac-12 title game will be played on the home field of the team with the best conference record. Fox owns the TV broadcast rights for this season’s game.

“The Pac-12 championship complements our strong presence in college football,” said Mo Davenport, senior vice president of ESPN Audio.

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