First Pac-12 football championship game to be on Fox
Fox and the Pac-10 announced Thursday the 2011 first-ever Pac-12 football championship game will be televised by Fox on Dec. 3. It will be played at the home of the qualifying team with the best record and will be broadcast at 12:30 p.m. PST. Fox also will televise the Big 10 Championship game later in the day. The conference officially becomes known as the Pac-12 in July when Colorado and Utah become members.
Sources have indicated that Fox is paying the Pac-12 $25 million for the game and rights to market the game. Of that amountl about $10 million is part of previous contracts still in effect. Fox already had the broadcast rights to Pac-12 regular season games this year but because the championship game is a new product, bidding was allowed. ESPN had an exlusive bidding window last month, but the conference and ESPN failed to reach a deal.
Also as part of the deal, Fox Sports Net increases its 2011-12 regular-season telecast
package with the conference by up to six football and 10 men’s basketball games, taking into account the additions of Colorado and Utah and expansion to 12 teams.
-- Diane Pucin
Photo: Football fans watch USC play Notre Dame on Nov. 27. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press.