Washington State's athletics director wants equal TV revenue sharing and put Utah in a division with the southern California schools...
To my amazement, the Pac-10 powers that be didn't work out their revenue and realignment plans before inviting Colorado and Utah to the table. Now the Utes have a different kind of Cougar as their, perhaps unintended, best friend. Starting with the huge issue of television revenue sharing that Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott glossed over during the big news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Bill Moos wants a new model since the current one obviously gives people in Pullman a smaller piece of the pie than those in Los Angeles.
As told to the Kevin Calabro Show on AM 710 in Seattle:
"Today's formula for revenue sharing I hope will not be tomorrow's because we don't share television revenue amongst our member institutions in an equitable manner. In the Big Ten, they have a model that I'm hoping we will adopt now due to the fact that we've expanded the conference and that is that revenue is shared equally in the Big Ten whether you're Ohio State or Northwestern. Certainly being at Washington State, that's huge for us and the dollars that we've been talking at the table certainly can't be confimed because you have to wait until we get into our conversations with the TV partners but it could be 15 to 20 million dollars per institution per year. And at Washington State that would be a great bump, actually for all of our schools that'd be a great bump."
And now comes a somewhat startling approach to realignment. The assumption going into those negotiations would be that everyone in the conference would want to be in a division with either UCLA or USC to reap the benefits of a trip to southern California as often as possible. Moos, instead, wants to "preserve the Northwest rivalries" and when the radio hosts ask him if that means he wants a division that includes Washington, Washington State, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, and Oregon State, he confirms with:
"That's what I would propose and what I think is best for Washington State and my northwest brethren."
He would also push for 4 inter-division games per year instead of the traditional 3 employed by the SEC and the old Big 12. That would keep their total conference games per year at 9 and out of conference contests at 3.
Wow. Going with 4 cross-division games instead of 3 is not going to make up for the fact that you've isolated yourself from the most fertile recruiting ground in your region.
How long would it take Utah to agree to a division that puts them in with UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, and Colorado? Take the smallest measurement of time that we have... and divide it by 100.
The Utah tailgate is about to get a little rowdier.