USC and UCLA announced on Thursday they ended up leaving the Pac-12 Conference for the Big 10.
Thursday, news broke that a pair of Pac-12 mainstays, USC and UCLA, will be part of the Big 10 in 2024. Needless to say, the Los Angeles-dependent school’s departure will have huge repercussions for the Pac-12. Immediately after shedding the 2nd biggest media marketplace in the United States, Pac-12 misplaced a fantastic aspect of the minor cache they had left and was perhaps even gutted, as the convention negotiates a new countrywide tv deal.
Revenue remaining on the table
The Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks have experienced the most soccer achievements exterior of Los Angeles around the very last 20 to 30 decades. The telephones ought to be ringing off the hook at the college president’s offices in Eugene and Seattle.
In 2020 UW had the highest earnings in the Pac-12, followed by Oregon (as private educational institutions USC and Stanford did not disclose athletic revenues). In addition, Washington led Pac-12 soccer in attendance around the previous 50 percent ten years. Basketball could be a various story, but soccer is the motor that drives the bus.
If the Massive 10 is looking to bolster their conference model, including the Pac-12’s major cash-maker as properly as Nike’s flagship university is a very good way to go.
The close is close to
If Oregon and Washington also defect to the Massive 10 or a single of the other electricity conferences, it will imply the conclusion of the Pac-12. Southern Cal and UCLA in all probability realized their defections would lead to this. It all comes down to television, streaming, and funds.
Hunting back again, final year’s Alliance in between the Pac-12, Significant 10, and ACC made the departures extra most likely. It opened the door for extra immediate dialog. As for what comes about up coming, it’s anyone’s guess. Cannibalization by the Significant Ten isn’t the only alternative. Possibly the remaining Pac-12 faculties will expand the convention, or maybe they will merge with an additional.
One particular matter is for absolutely sure, soccer and basketball will not be the identical on the west coast. Go Dawgs!