With TV negotiations on the horizon, the new Commissioner of the Pac 10 says the window for expansion is wide open.
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott noted the leagues television deals expire following the 2011-12 academic year. With ESPN already locked into mega bucks deals with the SEC and the Big 10, the Pac 10 will be trying to strengthen its bargaining position. Scott said the primary factor in the decision will be finding schools that fit into the conference culturally and academically.
The Pac 10 will also be looking for programs that would enhance their media value, not only to prospective networks, but also to their own TV network. The league will be looking for schools that would increase the distribution of a Pac 10 network outside its region.
All this talk of possible expansion came up as Scott introduced his new deputy -- former Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg, who most recently helped get the Big 10 network started, which is now available in 75 million homes.
The Big 10/11 is also talking of expanding to 12 programs in the near future, which could have a direct effect on the Big 12, since Missouri is thought to be on their short list. The Big 10 would also entertain the idea of adding Texas.