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Partnership talks between Pac-12 and Big 12 fail, ending immediate expectations potential merger of two college football conferences. Pac-12 and Big 12 sources in talks with ESPN baseball analyst Pete Thamel dismissed their interests as negotiations came to a close.
“Officers from the Big 12 told Pac-12 officials on Monday they were no longer interested in exploring the partnership,” ESPN reported.
According to Source Big 12the conference sought a full merger with Pac-12, “the only scenario that could potentially add value due to the sheer number of schools and population.”
The source cited “multiple reasons” why the talks failed. “It just didn’t work,” the spokesperson added.
Both parties communicated three times via Zoom.
“A Pac-12 source said Pac-12 is skeptical of a full merger because the leagues’ media rights expire at different times. A source at the Big 12 countered that Pac-12 pointed out how they could get around this,” Thamel. The prospects for the conference still look bleak after major USC and UCLA programs succumbed to the Big Ten.
Without a partnership available to add value to the Pac-12, other Power Five programs will continue to close in on the remaining Pac-12 teams.
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