ACC, Pac 12 discusses ESPN TV partnership

Officials from the ACC and Pac-12 are discussing a broadcast partnership with ESPN, which will bring together the two Power 5 leagues from opposite shores for a mutually beneficial relationship, sources say Sports Illustrated.

The proposal, which is still in its infancy, largely involves the ESPN-owned ACC network. Under the plan, the ACC Network – or a renamed entity that combines the two leagues – will have exclusive rights to broadcast Pac-12 games to West Coast households through ESPN cable providers. The agreement is not a merger or consolidation of the leagues, but is instead built around a media rights agreement with the worldwide leader in sports – an attempt to applaud Pac-12’s loss of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten.

While the common feature could include marquee nonconference matchups from the west and east coasts – think of Clemson-Washington or Miami-Oregon – the primary reason behind the partnership is the TV property. This would replace the failed Pac-12 network with a reliable provider that can reach millions of homes west.

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