Lydia Murphy-Stephans, the outgoing Pac-12 Networks president, said in an interview with Cablefax that conference administrators were never told the network would deliver revenues like the Big Ten or SEC Networks:
“There is a gap between what Pac-12 Networks delivers and the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network. What has to be factored in is the revenue specifically from Pac-12 Networks is only one part of the overall revenue each university receives from the Pac-12.
“I understand there is frustration, though no athletic director or administrator was ever told the Pac-12 Networks would deliver the same or more revenue than what its peer conferences are currently getting from their networks.”
I would bet some athletic directors and school presidents actually disagree. The network was supposed to deliver $5 million per year to each school but actually delivers $1.5 million. And I bet the Pac-12 gave the universities the impression they would have an agreement with DirecTV. By the way,
By the way, Murphy-Stephans made $1.3 million in 2015. Overall, here is how the Pac-12 compares to other conferences in overall payouts for 2017 according to the San Jose Mercury News.
SEC: $44 million
Big Ten: $38 million
Big 12: $34 million
Pac-12: $29.5 million