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9:14 PM ET Pete ThamelESPN Talks a few partnership between the Massive 12 and the...

Talks a few partnership between the Massive 12 and the Pac-12, which had been mentioned extensively the previous two weeks, have formally ended, sources advised ESPN.

Officers from the Massive 12 advised Pac-12 officers on Monday that they are now not concerned with exploring the partnership, sources stated.

A Massive 12 supply stated that the deal did not work for the Massive 12 for “a large number of causes,” which included the truth that any potential deal would not have pushed a lot income for the league. “It simply did not work,” the supply stated.

There’s been at the least three Zoom calls between high league officers within the Massive 12 and the Pac-12 and different calls between different factions of the league — together with authorized — to debate totally different choices. The extent of the conversations had not been beforehand reported.

A Pac-12 supply briefed on the conversations stated that the Massive 12 had expressed curiosity on Friday in presumably exploring a full merger. The Massive 12 supply stated of the three choices laid out by the Pac-12 — pooling rights, a scheduling idea or totally combining the leagues — the one situation that would have probably pushed worth due to the sheer numbers of faculties and populations areas was a full merger of the leagues.

The Pac-12 supply indicated the Massive 12 was concerned with that possibility. A Massive 12 supply stated the Massive 12 wanted extra time to discover that possibility additional, which it did over the weekend and determined to not discover any choices additional.

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The Pac-12 supply stated that the Pac-12 was skeptical of the total merger as a result of the leagues’ media rights expire at totally different instances. A Massive 12 supply countered that the Pac-12 had expressed methods they might work round that.

“As a result of the Massive 12 media rights cannot be negotiated till 2024, Pac-12 colleges don’t have any motivation to affix the Massive 12,” a Pac-12 supply stated. “The Pac-12 has introduced that they are staying collectively and are in the midst of media rights negotiations.”

The Pac-12 has been exploring all choices after the sudden departures of UCLA and USC have left the league with out two of its high manufacturers and no toe maintain within the Los Angeles media market. The league has simply two full years remaining on its underwhelming tv deal, and Commissioner George Kliavkoff has been diligently exploring inventive methods to generate income.

That is included conversations with the ACC about some kind of scheduling association, however sources have advised ESPN that the monetary actuality of that potential partnership additionally tasks to underwhelm.

The Pac-12’s expiring contract and few choices to generate income continues to perpetuate the notion that the Pac-12 is essentially the most weak of the Energy 5 leagues. With the Massive Ten nabbing two of the league’s high properties and reducing the potential worth of the upcoming tv contract considerably, the truth of the Pac-12 needing to battle off potential poachers may emerge.

Each Oregon and Washington have participated within the School Soccer Playoff and are not certain by a grant of rights after the league’s TV deal ends. Additionally, the Massive 12 has monitored by backchannels the potential of including Pac-12 colleges Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Colorado, which is a former Massive 12 member.

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New Massive 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark has maintained that the league is “open for enterprise” and the convention has careworn that it plans to be aggressive about potential additions.

“We are going to depart no stone unturned to drive worth for the convention,” Yormark stated at media day. He added: “There is no such thing as a greater precedence than to greatest place the Massive 12 for its upcoming multimedia rights negotiations. All the pieces we do should create momentum for these negotiations.”

On July 5, the Pac-12 introduced that the league’s Board of Administrators approved the league to instantly start negotiations for its subsequent media rights agreements. That is left the league exploring totally different and artistic choices to drive income by partnerships.