We spent a little time this week looking at Washington State's financial future. The result was a couple stories and graphics we ran in today's Spokesman-Review. For that, more thoughts and some links, read on.
• The more time passes, the more it seems Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is either incredibly smart, incredibly talented or incredibly lucky (true feeling: all of the above). This media-rights contract (it's for more than just the television rights, though the term "television rights" is probably OK because so much of it begins with there) is such a boon for the conference – especially in these economic times – it's almost unfair. (We passed along the Sports Business Journal Daily story a couple days ago, but the play-by-play of this deal, and how the Pac-12 got ESPN and Fox to work together, is worth marveling over again.) And nowhere, even in Salt Lake City where the University of Utah has a similar budget, will it make more of an impact than Pullman. When it comes to revenue streams, Washington State's is more like Dry Creek in August than the Palouse River in April. And that's what Bill Moos believes this money will change. By using it to upgrade facilities and bring WSU into the 21st Century, he hopes to build a more consistent flow of money into the athletic department's coffers. Priming the pump so to speak. And we all know money is the root of all college athletic success. Well, if not the root, then the fertilizer that allows the roots to take hold. ... Here is the main story. I also have to apologize. I was unable to find online the sidebar on the marriage of Fox and ESPN in the deal, or the bullet points about the agreement, or either of the two graphics, so you'll have to take my word for it they supplemented the story in a good way. ... As for other news around the conference, it seems like this week was the one a few people choose to examine the future, including the Denver Post with this piece on Colorado's entry, and the Salt Lake City Tribune, which had a story on the changeover, along with two, yes two, columns. ... Cal has decided on its starting quarterback, for now. It's University of Buffalo transfer Zach Maynard. ... A couple of basketball stories, starting with how the early entrants to the NBA draft affects the Pac-12 next season. ... ASU has lost more than a handful of players recently. Why?
• That's it for this morning. A quick note about the blog during the "slow" months. We will only post if there is something worth posting, ie., good stories to link or news to pass along. So how do you know we've posted? Well, you can check back every couple hours (really building our page views) or you can do the time-saving thing and start following us on Twitter. I always – warning: word I hate coming up – tweet that a new post is available. Your choice. ... We'll be back when events warrant. Until then ...