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Pac-12 speeds negotiations for media rights deals following UCLA and USC exits

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pac-12 is pushing negotiations for its next media rights deals in the wake of UCLA and USC’s decision to leave for the Big Ten.

The Pac-12 announced that its board of directors had authorized negotiations after a meeting on Tuesday morning.

The conference’s current media rights deal expires in 2024, but the Pac-12 has accelerated the timeline for negotiations for the next one with two of its flagship programs pulling out.

UCLA and USC announced Thursday that they are leaving the conference for the Big Ten in 2024, knocking the Pac-12 out of the nation’s second-largest media market.

The Pac-12 already had the lowest payout count among the Power Five schools, paying its member institutions $19.8 million in 2021, and losing the two Southern California schools would likely lower that number.


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