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ACC, Pac-12 Reportedly in Talks for Las Vegas ‘Championship Game’

  • ESPN holds the media rights to both conferences.
  • It's being termed a "loose partnership."
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After last week’s shocking revelation that USC and UCLA will join the Big Ten in 2024, other conferences could be banding together to recoup their losses.

The ACC and Pac-12 are reportedly discussing a “loose partnership” that would see the two conferences play a “championship game” in Las Vegas, per CBS Sports.

Both conferences have a common media rightsholder in ESPN, so the proposal is seen as a way to increase the value of their common offering.

  • The ACC’s deal with the sports network lasts through 2036.
  • But the Pac-12’s — in addition to its contract with Fox — ends in 2024.

The departure of the two Southern California schools came at the worst possible time for the conference, with one sports TV executive describing it as a “disaster.” USC and UCLA’s exit will likely tank any hopes the conference had of significantly boosting its current $250 million-per-year deal.

Amid all of the turmoil, the Pac-12 announced that it is expediting its media rights negotiations to begin immediately.

Pac-12 No More?

The hypothetical title game could be over before it begins — six Pac-12 programs are reportedly in talks to join the Big 12.

If Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Washington defect, they would leave the conference with just four teams.