Pac-12 links: Conference only distributes 68 percent of revenue back to members

» The Pac-12’s record $334 million in revenue in 2012-13 led all conferences, but the league only returned 68.3 percent of that back to its members. Every other Big Five conference returned at least 90 percent.

Pac-12 CFO Ron McQuate told CBS that the disparity is due to the conference’s costs in operating its own network, rather than a media partnership.

» Oregon State has officially hired former Cal State LA head coach Stephen Thompson as an assistant. Thompson, who played for Syracuse, faced UCLA coach Steve Alford during Indiana’s 74-73 national title game victory in 1987.

» Recovering from a recent hip surgery, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said recent transfers out of the program aren’t indicative of a “smoking gun.”

» Washington football and basketball broadcasts will move from from KJR, its radio partner since 2002, to KOMO. The new deal runs through 2020.

» Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday talked up the Cougars’ new $61 million football facility, adding that the “only reason a recruit wouldn’t want to come here now is them not wanting to go to a small town.”

» St. John Bosco guard Tyler Dorsey decommitted from Arizona, freeing up the Wildcats’ backcourt recruiting logjam. The five-star 2015 prospect is a score-first guard, but wants to play point in college.

UCLA already has two top recruits lined up, with four-star guard Aaron Holiday committed in the class of 2015 and five-star guard Lonzo Ball in 2016.

» Utah has reported 99 NCAA violations since 2010, consisting mostly of rulebook minutiae concerning examples such as an impermissible sticker or a $9.99 keychain bought buy a host.

» Nike co-founder and Oregon booster Phil Knight delivered the commencement address at his other alma mater, the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

» Former Cal basketball assistant Travis DeCuire now has the top job at Montana, where he once set the school career record for assists.

» USC is opening the Peristyle Club just outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The new luxury suite includes a cash bar.

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  • 92104bruinfan

    Re Pac 12 Revenues: To take it a step further, your link and a few related articles indicated the conference network costs were attributable to initial upfront expenses in establishing the Pac 12 network. Thus, hopefully the $ revenues to Pac 12 members should increase year by year as the network evolves and grows. Go Bruins!

    • Jack Wang

      Good point. Jon Wilner estimated P12 operating expenses minus startup to be about $26 million (compared to SEC’s $22.7m). Likely more indicative of the gap inherent in running your own network.

  • Blue section 6

    Will be interesting how this USC peristyle club will be set up. I would imagine they’d be one temporary structure with the bleachers. Has Wang done a review or gallery of the Rose Bowl suites?

    I saw the artist renderings during Hundley’s first year and they looked very high end.

    • NOBSisdaMAN

      Nobody will buy ’em. Fans are too cheap.

      • Blue section 6

        Which ones are you taking about? The Bruin suites?

        Funny that you say “too cheap” and I see the suites bought every game.

        I know the USC ones will be an easy sell. I’ve done the Lawry’s tailgate there and I don’t think that would be as big of a hit at the Rose Bowl.

        • NOBSisdaMAN

          All bRuin fans are cheap. Just look at attendance. Disaster. They don’t travel and don’t donate much dough. Sure, there are always a few heavy hitters, but I’ll bet you anything the masses do not donate like they do at USC. You’re right about Lawry’s. Class organization and do a fantastic job. I do think they could do well at the Rose Bowl because there’s nothing there.