PAC-10 Expansion Under Consideration
PAC-10 Expansion could very well become a reality. In a teleconference Tuesday, PAC-10 commissioner Larry Scott says the idea of an expansion will be closely scrutinized in the upcoming months.
"It really is over the next six to 12 months that we'll start having serious analysis and serious conversations," Scott said about potential expansion.
One very big reason there's currently a push for expansion is the fact that the conference's TV and media contracts expire after the 2011-12 academic year. An expansion would help to increase revenue, which in turn would help the PAC-10 compete with other conferences.
"It makes sense [to consider expansion], if you are going to do it, to do it when you can monetize it and get value for it commercially," Scott said.
Scott is also looking into creating a PAC-10 network, where there would be a deal in place with another conference. Scott says an increasing curiosity due to the talked-about expansion of the Big Ten is why he's going to focus his attention on the prospect.
If Scott is serious, as his teleconference indicated, there could be a resolution to the expansion scenario within the year.