FOS PM: Pac-12 Desires Chunk of Apple?

FOS PM: Pac-12 Desires Chunk of Apple?

Along with being known as “the worst basketball sport ever performed,” Sunday’s NBA All-Star Recreation delivered an airball when it got here to TV rankings. The competition drew solely 4.6 million viewers — down 27% from final 12 months — simply making it the least-viewed version in its historical past.


Deep in negotiations for a brand new media rights deal that may start in 2024, the Pac-12 continues to battle after dropping its two high manufacturers, USC and UCLA.

The convention might reportedly be contemplating a take care of Apple TV+ for soccer and doubtlessly different sports activities. The subsequent step within the course of could be for commissioner George Kliavkoff to current the thought to Pac-12 college presidents.

Simply final week, CBS and Warner Bros. Discovery reportedly bowed out of negotiations. ESPN, Fox, and NBC are technically nonetheless within the operating, however they’re prone to be a lot much less determined given their offers with the opposite conferences. 

Even Amazon, the Pac-12’s different main choice, is now taking part in “hardball” with negotiations, as Entrance Workplace Sports activities reported on Friday.

The Pac-12 is the one Energy 5 convention with no clear media rights future — that means its final destiny appears to be like precarious.

  • The SEC has a 10-year, $3 billion take care of Disney commencing in 2024. 
  • The Massive Ten inked a mid-$7 billion take care of CBS, NBC, and Fox over the summer season — the most important media rights bundle in school sports activities historical past.
  • The Massive 12 re-upped with Fox and ESPN for $2.28 billion.
  • Even the ACC, labeled simply this previous summer season because the convention being left within the mud, has extra stability, because of a modest take care of ESPN by 2036.

The convention did, nonetheless, subject a statement final week presenting a united entrance, saying negotiation conversations have been “constructive” and {that a} new deal could be introduced “within the very close to future.”

Coming Friday: Because the Pac-12 claws for a serious media rights deal, its future turns into extra unsure. In an unique FOS report later this week, our very personal Amanda Christovich will break down how the once-mighty convention grew to become the odd man out within the Energy 5. Be sure you’re tapped in.

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LIV Golf was dealt a second setback in lower than every week in its antitrust case in opposition to the PGA Tour.

Decide Beth Labson Freeman cleared the way in which for the PGA Tour so as to add Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund and its governor, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, as counterclaim defendants, in response to an order filed in U.S. District Courtroom for the Northern District of California on Tuesday night time.

One in every of LIV Golf’s fundamental arguments — that permitting the PGA Tour to amend its counterclaim would threaten the January 2024 trial — took a success final week through a choice by one other federal decide in San Jose.

On Thursday night time, Justice of the Peace Decide Susan van Keulen dominated that PIF and Al-Rumayyan are topic to discovery even with out being a part of the PGA Tour’s counterclaim.

The subsequent listening to within the case is scheduled for Friday.

Elsewhere in LIV

Moreover, one among LIV Golf’s captains is splitting methods along with his longtime sponsor.

Dustin Johnson and Adidas have agreed to an “amicable separation,” as the previous world No. 1 is specializing in constructing the model of 4Aces GC, per ESPN.

Johnson, who received LIV’s inaugural Particular person and group Championships with 4Aces final season, needs to amass sponsors to placed on his group’s shirts — and he’ll want a clean slate to do it.

“A serious a part of beginning a group is establishing a model id and constructing that model,” a supply near Johnson instructed ESPN. “He’s grateful to Adidas for letting him out of the deal.”

LIV Golf’s second season begins Friday on the El Camaleón Golf Course in Mayakoba, Mexico.

One other U.S. asset supervisor is throwing its identify within the hat for Manchester United.

Ares Administration, which has $352 billion in property underneath administration, has reportedly provided funding to no less than one bidder for the Premier League membership — who turned it down “as a result of the phrases have been unattractive,” in response to Reuters.

In September, Ares raised $3.7 billion of devoted funding for sports activities leagues, sports activities groups, sport-related franchises, and media and leisure corporations. Nevertheless it’s unclear if that fund — which has invested in Atletico Madrid and Inter Miami — would finance the Manchester United bids. 

Elliott Administration beforehand indicated it could contemplate financing a bid however has no plans to make its personal provide. It isn’t presently aligned with an investor.

Oaktree Capital has additionally reportedly provided financing.

Solely two bids are presently public. Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani confirmed his bid for a full takeover with out debt. British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS has additionally acknowledged a bid.

Ongoing Criticism 

Bidders have reportedly been instructed to cease criticizing the Glazers — the membership’s present house owners — of their efforts to amass the group.

Forbes final valued the membership at $4.6 billion, however the sale is anticipated to fetch the most important price ticket ever for a sports activities group.

  • For the primary time in class historical past, Colorado offered tickets to its spring soccer sport — and has already set a possible attendance file earlier than kickoff on April 22. 
  • Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Mookie Betts is placing his luxurious property with 9 bedrooms and 10 bogs available on the market for $10 million.
  • Nike and Icebox gifted Ja Morant a buyer field and diamond pendant to rejoice his signature Ja 1 sneakers.

The Chicago Blackhawks (19-32-5) face the Dallas Stars (30-15-12) on Wednesday at American Airways Heart.

Find out how to Watch: 9:30 ET on TNT

Betting Odds: Stars -1.5 || ML -435 || O/U 6

We’ve got teamed up with the Pac-12 Convention to offer a VIP expertise to the Pac-12 Males’s Basketball Match in Las Vegas from March 8 to March 11, 2023.

One fortunate winner will obtain two (2) all match passes with membership entry to the match at T-Cell Enviornment. The winner may also obtain a resort room at an MGM Resorts property for 4 (4) nights in Las Vegas, a $300 meals and beverage voucher legitimate at MGM eating places, and two (2) tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Mad Apple present. For extra info on the Pac-12 Males’s Basketball Match, go to Deadline for entry is February 22, 2023. See Official Guidelines for particulars.