ACC and Pac 12 discuss ESPN TV partnership

ACC and Pac-12 officials are discussing a broadcast partnership with ESPN that would bring the two Power 5 leagues from opposite coasts together for a mutually beneficial relationship, sources say. Sports Illustrated.

The proposal, still in its infancy, heavily involves the ESPN-owned ACC network. Under the plan, the ACC Network — or a renamed entity combining the two leagues — will have exclusive rights to broadcast Pac-12 games to West Coast homes via ESPN cable companies. The deal isn’t a merger or consolidation of the leagues, but is instead built around a media rights deal with the world’s sports leader – an effort to cheer on the loss of USC and UCLA by the Pac-12 for the benefit of the Big Ten.

While the joint move could feature marquee non-conference matchups from the West and East Coasts — think Clemson-Washington or Miami-Oregon — the primary reason for the partnership is TV ownership. This would replace the failing Pac-12 network with a reliable provider that can reach millions of homes in the west.

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