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UC regents discuss UCLA move to Big Ten but take no action

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block appeared before the University of California board of trustees in a town hall meeting on Thursday, but not for the reason Bruins and Pac12 fans might have complained. expect.

Block presented an academic award — one of several given at the meeting at UC San Diego — but did not say a public word about UCLA’s move to the Big Ten.

Neither did the Regents, who discussed the issue behind closed doors but made no public statement afterwards.

Two and a half months after UCLA and USC officially agreed to join the Big Ten starting in 2024, the question remains unresolved.

– Will the Regents, angered by the way UCLA left the Pac-12 and concerned about collateral damage to Cal’s athletic finances, try to block the move?

– Will they require the Bruins to subsidize Cal for lost revenue? (Without a presence in the Los Angeles market, the Pac-12 stands to lose millions of dollars a year in media rights revenue.)

– Will they also try to force the Big Ten to invite Cal?

“Or will the regents continue to argue the matter until it loses all political steam and vanishes into bureaucratic ether?”

“If they had tried to reverse it in July or August, it might be different,” a source said. “It’s less likely now because of the TV deal.”

In mid-August, the Big Ten announced a media rights deal with Fox, CBS and NBC that will eventually pay the 16 schools, including the Bruins and Trojans, more than $70 million a year.

When could the regents act or walk away from the problem altogether?

The hotline reached out to the UC president’s office for comment on the meeting or clarification on next steps and was asked to watch the open session for any remarks about the Big Ten. But the Regents did not discuss the publicly available livestream issue.

The LA Times reported that Richard Leib, chairman of the Regents, had previously said he “hopes the matter can be settled within the next few months.”

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