Report: Pac-12 commissioner confident remaining schools will sign new Grant of Rights
LOS ANGELES — Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff told media members on Friday he expects the league’s media rights negotiations to take another few months to resolve.
The league, he said, feels confident in the value it can provide and has interest from both incumbent partners (ESPN and FOX) as well as prospective partners both in traditional and emerging digital media.
“We are confident in the long-term value of our rights,” he said. “This process will accelerate after the Big Ten deals are concluded and will likely take months to complete. Even with the loss of our two L.A. schools, we still believe that after the current cycle of media rights deals, we will be very well positioned among the Power Five from a revenue-per-school standpoint.”
After his turn on the main stage at the Novo Theater, Kliavkoff met individually with different media outlets. He told The Action Network’s Brett McMurphy he expects the remaining 10 Pac-12 schools to sign a new Grant of Rights whenever he puts a new deal in front of them.
Pac-12 commish George Kliavkoff told me he's confident remaining members will sign a new Grant of Rights: "They'll sign as soon as I have a deal in front of them that they want to sign up for." Sources told @ActionNetworkHQ they expect new Pac-12 media rights deal to be 5-6 years
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 29, 2022
The message Friday was one of unity.
Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, appearing on stage with Kliavkoff to kick the day off, said Stanford hadn’t made any overtures from another conference. Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said the Ducks were committed to the Pac-12.
Both schools, along with Washington and Cal, are reportedly on the Big Ten’s shortlist. The Arizona schools, Colorado, and Utah are being circled by the Big 12, which Kliavkoff took to task.
“I’ve been spending four weeks trying to defend against grenades that have been lobbed from every corner of the Big 12, trying to destabilize our remaining conference,” Kliavkoff said. “I understand why they’re doing it, when you look at the relative media value between the two conferences. I get why they’re scared.”
Kliavkoff told The Athletic no Pac-12 team is joining the Big 12. He said the numbers don’t make sense. According to The Athletic, two different league athletic directors said the same.
“None of (the rumors) are true,” one said. “The data continues to show that staying together makes a lot of sense as we go through the media process, of which we are right in the middle. … Their TV deal is up a year after ours. It doesn’t make much sense.”
“Based on what our consultants have told us, the 10 staying together is the best option, and the only option, because we can’t control what happens in the Big Ten,” another said. “It would be irresponsible from a fiduciary standpoint to just jump to the Big 12 just for the sake of jumping.”
The league’s current media rights deal expires in 2024.