One is that ESPN is offering $90M… as a second tier position, with Amazon paying $200-220M as the primary, and Apple with some unspecified secondary offer in the mix. (The technical capabilities of the PAC12 network would make that a plug-and-play proposition for Amazon / Apple, a unique offering in the current landscape.)
That combination would add up to over the $31M the B12 got, that would be the “lay up”.
I’m kind of at the point I don’t care if the media market evolves away from “linear” programming and ESPN / FOX. Their stockholders are getting disgruntled at losing money… let a new landscape evolve.
It was interesting that Chris Hill confirmed ESPN offered to buy the PAC12 networks back in 2018 and 2019 (for a good price) but the conference declined. Hill mentioned he couldn’t say any more than that because his son currently works for ESPN, but you could sense lots of frustration from him about how things shook out.
Just out of curiosity, how are you defining “graven”? I seem to recall plenty of “RULDS2” bumper stickers around Utah when we lived there. So, I can’t imagine how a “Y” license plate would be much, if any different.
I remember going to a game down south with my brothers one time. (Youngest brother is a byu fan) This family sits down beside us with a bunch of young kids. Apparently the tickets had been given to them by some neighbor or something. The mom pulled out some ziplock bags with cut up cheese, crackers, and carrots. Dad went and got a small drink and the kids were instructed that they all had to share the drink. I’m certainly a bit of a cheapskate but that was just ridiculously cheap. I’ll take kids to various sports events but I was never cheap about buying concessions. If they wanted a hot dog, drink, mini donuts, etc I didn’t mind buying. If I couldn’t afford the whole experience I wouldn’t go!
Reading tea leaves is no substitute for high resolution weather radar, as our friend 330Ute can attest.
But this seems like a good sign. We all know the PAC has been remarkably deliberate in this whole process, but if SDSU was intending to join the B12 I’d imagine Bretty Yormark is holed up in a Hilton in San Diego with a box full of pens.
The only reason the request for an extra month makes sense is if the PAC is waiting on a partner, or a new President at UO, or whatever.
The only thing I can be 100% confident about is Dick Harmon doesn’t know jack squat.
It seems like most of the current cast of characters (6.16.23 / 2p) on CB recognize SDSU asking for a month indicates it’s the PAC that’s most likely to be their intended destination… with the expected gnashing of teeth and derision of SDSU, accordingly.
SDSU is the closest thing to a “University of California “ School with the pedigree to be accepted in the PAC. I am sure Cal is bothered the “Little Brother” system is joining the PAC, but it is the only school available with the size, research background (thank you US Navy), and athletic chops to join. Yes, they will get one helluva wake up playing in the Conference of Cannibals, but in time they can grow into the competition. Now to go off on a tangent…
Colorado was in a P5 before joining the PAC. They sucked then, and they still SUCK! Something tells me by mid season they are going to wish they’d have kept their interim HC. Something tells me Deon is not ready to coach at this level (and may never be).