Pac-12 Considers Sunday Games If No NFL Season
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An NFL owner recently guaranteed that there would be a 2011 season, but if for some reason that doesn’t happen, there could still be football on Sundays.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, in an effort to boost the conference’s national profile, has given some thought to moving games to Sundays.
“We certainly are monitoring the situation,” Scott told Tom Dienhart, of Rivals.com. “We have no plans in place at this time, but you want to be prepared and consider all options. Still, these labor situations have a way of getting done the closer they get to a critical situation.”
If the NFL season were to be canceled, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the major networks would be running to purchase the rights to broadcast Pac-12 games, and Scott is knows that.
“Fox and CBS hold the rights to plenty of other programming,” he told Dienhart. “Fox can move programming from its sports channels [Fox Soccer, Fuel, Speed]. CBS can move programming from its CBS College Sports channel.
“Plus, networks can throw on programming from their library. ? That’s what NBC did last year when a snowstorm in Philadelphia canceled a Sunday night game.”
Pac-12 games would hardly fill the void felt by NFL fans if the season were to be canceled, but it would mark another major change for a conference trying to establish itself at the top of the college football world. The conference recently added Colorado and Utah and changed its name from the Pac-10 to the Pac-12.