ACC, 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, which is still in its early stages, includes ESPN’s heavily owned ACC Network. Under the plan, the ACC Network — or a renamed entity combining the two leagues — would have exclusive rights to broadcast Pac-12 games to West Coast households via ESPN cable providers. The deal is not a merger or consolidation of the leagues, but is instead built around a media rights deal with the world leader in sports — an attempt to reverse the Pac-12’s loss of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten.

While a joint move could include non-conference games from the West and East Coasts — think Clemson-Washington or Miami-Oregon — the main reason for the partnership is television ownership. It would replace the failing Pac-12 Network with a reliable provider that could reach millions of homes in the West.

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