The initial Pac-12 football championship game is heading to Fox, solidifying the network's college football imprint after losing the Bowl Championship Series.
A person with knowledge of the one-year deal told The Associated Press on Thursday that it is valued at $25 million – $14.5 million for the title game and $10.5 million for additional games that come with the conference’s expansion from 10 to 12 teams starting next season.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity.
No date has been decided for the game, although the person said it likely will be played on Dec. 3, giving Fox a doubleheader with the inaugural Big Ten title game.
Network spokesman Dan Bell and conference commissioner Larry Scott confirmed the deal, which first was reported by SportsBusiness Journal. The contract covers only one year because the league’s current rights agreements with ABC/ESPN and Fox run through 2011-12.
“We made the decision, rather than waiting, to deal with this as a one-off to have certainty and get it established and promoted,” Scott told The Associated Press. “We have a relationship with Fox, and this made sense for us.”
The Pac-10 will split into divisions beginning with the 2011 football season, when Colorado joins from the Big 12 and Utah from the Mountain West. The division winners will meet for the championship at the home stadium of the team with the best overall conference record.