PAC-12 Hit With More Bad News As The Conference Fights To Survive

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The PAC-12 is reportedly not anywhere near reaching a new media deal with ESPN.

The west coast conference is in the process of attempting to hammer out a new media deal in order to secure a future.

However, with USC and UCLA leaving for the Big Ten, multiple other teams possibly going to the B1G and the Big 12 howling at the gates, the PAC-12 doesn’t have much leverage and ESPN knows it.

John Ourand reported that the two sides are “hundreds of millions” apart when it comes down to a new package.

Back in July, Jason Scheer reported the amount of money offered by ESPN per school was $24.5 million.

Given Ourand’s report, it certainly sounds like ESPN has moved much at all.

The PAC-12’s problem is nobody knows who will even be in the conference in a few years, and if you’re a top program, why agree to a low media deal when you can go to the Big Ten and earn at least triple?

It can still get worse for the PAC-12.

To make matters even worse for the PAC-12, the Big 12 is also in the process of hammering out a new media deal.

The conference that gets one done first is going to be in a position of power, and it certainly doesn’t look like George Kliavkoff’s conference is even close to finalizing a new media deal.

Will the Big 12 poach PAC-12 teams? (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

If the Big 12 gets one done first, it can go to PAC-12 programs with guarantees. At that point, there’s a high chance all hell breaks loose.

It’s bad now. It will definitely get worse if the Big 12 secures a media deal before the PAC-12.

Will the PAC-12 get a new media deal? (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Make sure to keep checking back for the latest updates on the PAC-12’s potential collapse as we have them here at OutKick.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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