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Some old comments from University of Arizona leader Robert Robbins might hint at the future of the Wildcats.
Stay with the conference and potentially accept a terrible media deal, or rush to the lifeboats.
PAC-12 leaders met Tuesday and were presented a “primarily subscription-based Apple streaming deal” as the primary option by commissioner George Kliavkoff, according to ESPN.
Arizona leader was previously against a heavy streaming deal for the PAC-12.
Well, Robbins is already on the record that a majority streaming deal wasn’t going to happen. A deal that included streaming was possible, but not one that went over 50% of games. The Apple option reportedly presented Tuesday cruised past that number.
Robbins told CBS the following back in March when talking about a strictly or heavy streaming deal for the PAC-12:
No way. … [You hear talk of] it’s going to be all streaming. Nobody is going for that. Over 50%? No, I don’t think so. I think that’s too much. It’s OK if it’s 50-50. … You have to remember, guys our age, people that I went to high school with aren’t going to want to deal with streaming. I don’t think it will be more than 50%, but if it ended up 50%, I think it would be OK. But we are West Coast and we have to recruit the whole nation. If the football coaches come back and say, ‘Are you out of your mind?’ We’re the final decision makers without a question, but we’re going to heavily consult our ADs and coaches and all that stuff.
Has Robbins’ opinion changed?
The biggest question now is whether or not the comments from March still hold true. It’s hard to imagine Robert Robbins and any other PAC-12 leader would have changed their mind in a short period of time.
Realistically, there’s no reason for major brands in the PAC-12 to change their minds and accept an Apple deal that doesn’t pay what they could earn in the Big 12.
The number to beat is $31.7 million. That’s what Big 12 teams will earn with the conference’s new media deal. Every new P5 member is guaranteed to earn the same.
If Robbins’ comments are a sign of things to come, it might already be a wrap for the PAC-12. He was committed to not accepting a deal that was majority streaming. It appears that’s now the main option on the table.
While the situation remains incredibly fluid, all signs continue to point to more chaos. Are you not entertained? This is the kind of offseason drama fans crave. Keep checking back to OutKick for the latest updates as we have them.