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Pac-12 to reduce late football starts

WSU  football coach Mike Leach slakes his thirst.  (Spokesman-Review)
WSU football coach Mike Leach slakes his thirst. (Spokesman-Review)

The Pac-12 announced a number of reforms on Tuesday, including attempts to reduce the number of 7 p.m. or later kickoffs.

The presidents and chancellors of Pac-12 member schools agreed with a recommendation made by the Pac-12 Council to adjust its agreements with national broadcast networks ESPN and FOX so that fewer games will kick off at or after 7 p.m.

Pac-12 Networks games will kick off at 2:30 p.m. or 6 p.m., and overlap with the ESPN and Fox exclusive TV windows. The Pac-12 claims this could eliminate up to four night games per year (maybe even a WSU one!).

Other proposals that passed this week are fines for court storming and the beginning of eSports competitions (video games) on the Pac-12 Networks. The gaming will commence in 2016-17, and institutions can expect a $25,000 fine when fans storm the court. The fine doubles for the second and third offense.

Furthermore, the conference came up with a list of ways to reduce time demands on athletes and to help them better manage their work/life balance and pledges to think about implementing some of them.

At least Sean Miller is happy.



Jacob Thorpe
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