AirTalk for May 4, 2011

Pac-10 secures landmark $3-billion TV deal

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Helmets belonging to the UCLA Bruins are held aloft during a game.

The Pac-10/12 formerly announced a 12-year, $3-billion television deal with Fox and ESPN at a news conference in Phoenix today. The record contract, which will begin with the 2012-13 season, is worth $250-million a year. Most of the high-profile football and basketball games will be on channels owned by Fox or ESPN. But there are other games still in play, which could provide content for the conference to start its own network. Given today’s economic landscape, is this huge deal a gamble for the networks? Or does it prove that sports are king? Will fencing fans finally have a place to get their foils on…TV?


Larry Scott, Pac-10 Commissioner

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