Fox’s Pac-12 title game deal is done

Fox, which is most likely to partner up with the Pac-10 to create the conference’s first TV network within the next couple of years, has locked up the rights to do the inaugural Pac-12 football championship this fall, creating a doubleheader with the network that will be capped off with the inaugural Big Ten’s title game (when it also has 12 teams).

Those two made-for-TV-money games will go head-to-head with CBS’ SEC championship and ABC’s ACC championship (moved to this day after the Big 12, dropping to 10 teams, no longer will have a title game).

The Fox-Pac-12 deal, reported to be in the $25 million range, also includes expanding coverage of the conference for the 2011-12 regular season — adding up to six football and 10 men’s basketball games for Fox Sports Net. ESPN had the first opportunity to negotiate for the Pac-12 title game rights but couldn’t work out a deal.

“This is an historic time for the conference as we expand to the Pac-12 next season and we are thrilled to be working with Fox Sports and their award-winning production team,” Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

The Pac-12’s first-ever football championship game is set for Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m., leading into the Big Ten telecast.

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