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Since so many of you seem to like the Jon Wilner articles, I have discovered a site where there is not a paywall.

 

It appears he writes an article free each week and also has a Mailbag write-up where he answers readers questions regarding the Pac-12. Sometimes his articles don't have anything to do with Oregon so we may not have articles some weeks.

 

I will post those articles here as I find them. As this will be a continuing thread, older articles will be deleted to keep the thread to one page. 

 

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Wilner: Kliavkoff’s risky strategy, an alternate Pac-12 universe (with ESPN), the MLS on Apple, unequal revenue shares and more

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<p>The Hotline mailbag is published every Friday. Send questions to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com — and include...

 

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What will commissioner George Kliavkoff say this week at the Pac-12 tournament? Our guess: He takes the vow of silence

 

The Pac-12 commissioner usually offers a state-of-the-conference address at the men’s basketball tournament, but there is nothing typical about the current affairs as George Kliavkoff attempts to hold the 108-year-old league together.

 

What will he say this week at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas about the critical media rights negotiations, now in their ninth month? Is expansion inevitable? Are all 10 presidents fully committed to a future together?

 

Our best guess: Kliavkoff won’t utter a peep because there will be no address.

 

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<p>The Pac-12 commissioner usually offers a state-of-the-conference address at the men’s basketball tournament, but...
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Pac-12 media rights: How sports gambling and the sale of statistics could fuel revenue growth

 

A year ago this week, Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff sketched a strategy for developing future revenue streams during a news conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

 

He had no idea that USC and UCLA would announce their departures to the Big Ten a few months later, undermining Kliavkoff’s pursuit of a media rights deal that could secure the future of the 108-year-old league.

 

But one component hasn’t changed an iota: The potential impact of gambling in general, and the sale of statistical data specifically, on college sports.

 

“Data is part of media rights, and media rights is one of the issues at the top of our agenda,” Kliavkoff said last year. “We will certainly discuss data rights as part of that package.”

 

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<p>A year ago this week, Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff sketched a strategy for developing future revenue streams during...

 

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Jon Wilner: Merger with the ACC (now or later), the Pac-12’s radio silence, Friday on Amazon, Boise State’s future as the MW waits

 

Wilner answers The Hotline Mailbag questions. There are some interesting questions this week to ponder...

 

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<p>The Hotline mailbag is published every Friday. Send questions to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com and include ‘mailbag’...

 

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The attachment to Wilner's tweet is actually an article. To read in entirety, you must click on

the attachment (Big Ten Football 3-6-6 portion) and also the black portion below afterwards.

 

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Pac-12 media rights: Arizona president Robert Robbins says “competitive” deal necessary for schools to stick together

 

Asked about the speculation over the future of the conference, Robbins rejected the notion that schools, including Arizona, would bolt for the Big 12 prior to being presented with a media rights proposal.

 

“It’s heavily dependent on (commissioner George Kliavkoff) and his team negotiating a good media deal for us to stay competitive,” he said.

“I don’t think anybody wants to leave. Why would you move for a couple million dollars a year more?”

 

He then compared the situation to competing for “a bronze medal.”

 

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<p>Asked about the speculation over the future of the conference, Robbins rejected the notion that schools, including Arizona...
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Mailbag: UCLA and Arizona as bluebloods(?), SMU’s potential, Colorado State’s future, issues for the WCC and MW and more

 

Majority of mailbag refers to Pac-12, not all. However, there are interesting questions/answers this week.

 

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<p>The Hotline mailbag is published every Friday. Send questions to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com and include ‘mailbag’...

 

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In Wilner's latest Mailbag, I was interested in learning that the money SC/UCLA earns in this year's and next year's NCAA CBB tournament will belong to the Pacific Conference and not to the LA schools and the B1G.

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Even though our Ducks aren't in March Madness, I know many of you are following and watching the games. This is a good Wilner article about the Madness so far and how the Pac-12 has done.

 

NCAA Tournament winners and losers: The Pac-12 falters early while little guys thrive and bluebloods exit

 

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<p>The Pac-12 did not find redemption in the NCAA Tournament. With two rounds down, three teams have been eliminated and...

 

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I have a digital deal with the Mercury News mostly due to the reporting of Jon Wilner. I also have a subscription with John Canzano.

 

Neither one of these 2 is a rumor monger. They only report sourced takes and not Dennis Dodd's off-the-B12-wall takes.

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Pac-12 media rights: Kliavkoff under pressure as saga nears conclusion and presidents express optimism

 

The Pac-12 appointed George Kliavkoff as commissioner in the spring of 2021 for a bevy of reasons, perhaps none more significant than his ability “to see where the hockey puck was going to go,” according to former Oregon president Michael Schill.

 

One puck zoomed past unexpectedly last summer, when USC and UCLA declared their intentions to flee to the Big Ten.

 

Now here comes another, in the form of the Pac-12’s media rights negotiations. Kliavkoff must do more than identify its direction; he must redirect a gilded puck into the back of the net.

 

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<p>The Pac-12 appointed George Kliavkoff as commissioner in the spring of 2021 for a bevy of reasons, perhaps none more...

 

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Sweet 16 power ratings: Alabama’s the team to beat, but San Diego State’s timing is impeccable

 

After years of gut-punch losses, stumbles against lower seeds or missing March Madness altogether, San Diego State has broken through to the second weekend.

 

The Aztecs might be steep underdogs against top-seeded Alabama, but they’re No. 1 in tournament timing.

 

SDSU could not have picked a better year to advance to the Sweet 16, with the Pac-12 in the final stages of negotiating a media rights contract and determining whether the Aztecs are a suitable expansion option.

 

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<p>After years of gut-punch losses, stumbles against lower seeds or missing March Madness altogether, San Diego State has...
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Wilner Hotline – Pac-12 football: What to watch during spring practice

 

From quarterback questions to key transfers and team dynamics, we examine all the issues

 

For several Pac-12 teams, spring practice began weeks ago. Some are just underway. Others won’t start for a few more weeks. But in every case, the spring games (i.e., gloried scrimmages) are scheduled for the second half of April.

 

The Hotline has questions about them all.

 

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<p>From quarterback questions to key transfers and team dynamics, we examine all the issues For several Pac-12 teams...
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Pac-12 expansion: Does SMU create media value? “I think it probably helps,” sports media analyst says

 

The Pac-12 began evaluating candidates for expansion long before USC and UCLA announced their intentions to leave the conference.

 

The process commenced in the summer of 2021, after Texas and Oklahoma agreed to join the SEC and the Big 12 lurched toward the brink of extinction.

 

Pac-12 presidents ultimately passed on extending membership invitations and concluded none of the available schools (in the Big 12 or elsewhere) met the competitive, financial and institutional criteria.

 

Now here we are, 21 months later, and the Pac-12’s geographic footprint features a crater in Southern California as the conference negotiates a new media rights contract and considers expansion.

 

The candidate list includes SMU. It is not known whether the conference sized up the Mustangs in the summer of ’21, but the calculation deployed back then is essentially the same one being applied now.

 

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<p>The Pac-12 began evaluating candidates for expansion long before USC and UCLA announced their intentions to leave the...
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Hotline mailbag: The Fox factor, NCAA units, Friday night lights (on Amazon),

Pac-12 survival odds, the presidents talk and more

 

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<p>The Hotline mailbag is published every Friday. Send questions to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com and include ‘mailbag’...

 

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