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Pac-12's state-of-the-art production technology can serve as a valuable lifeboat

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Two things have been true for the Pac-12 network since its launch 10 years ago. The business model was all wrong, but the production quality was fine.

The former was relentlessly considered (here and elsewhere) and helped set the stage for the current plight of the conference.

The latter is our topic today.

Equipment that powers Pac-12’s fully owned media platform (both linear and digital) may be admired throughout the sports media industry and prove useful in ongoing media rights negotiations. Form the backbone of a state-of-the-art technology infrastructure. That future.

“The Pac-12 has everything a production facility needs and can produce all the games at a much lower price than media companies usually pay,” said TV Sports, who asked not to reveal his identity. Production veterans say.

In other words, a bargaining tip.

For the past 26 days, the hotline has tried to give an overview of all possible endgames for Pac-12, from extinction to survival, so readers will not be surprised by any results.

Evaluate expansion candidates from Mountain West, plunge into TV ratings, investigate potential mergers and partnerships with Big 12, analyze presidential leadership (or lack), and value Saturday night kickoffs I explained in detail.

But we finally saved the biggest Wapper: the Pac-12 network as a savior and ESPN as their suitor.

It’s just this side of madness, and it happens to be a major area for reorganization strategy and execution.

Consider the February 2010 description of the sports video group, the industry website.

“With its launch in 2012, the Pac-12 Network quickly established itself as a pioneer in remote production technology. Its groundbreaking multicam production model pioneered the industry’s recent remote production revolution. Yes, the centralized production model allowed the Pac-12 Network to produce thousands of live events from its San Francisco headquarters in a fraction of the cost of traditional production. “

With highly advanced technology, the Pac-12 Network has produced games for ESPN and Fox from its San Francisco facility. The facility has eight control rooms and the ability to broadcast five games at a time.

Costs can be reduced because no relay truck is required at the competition venue. Whether it’s a gymnastics tournament or a soccer game, you only need on-air talent and a cameraman.

A transmission box, about the size of a mini fridge (one on each campus), acts as a production center on site.

Video and audio feeds are sent to San Francisco, where directors, producers and graphic designers are based.

The waiting time is about 0.5 seconds.

Once one event is complete, the outbox will move to the venue for the next broadcast on campus.

Sources say the technology has reduced event production costs by up to 50%, based on what the Sports Video Group described as “a dramatic leap in production efficiency.”

How does it all fit into the fight for survival of the Pac-12?

For ESPN, who already owns an ACC network, off-the-shelf infrastructure may be attractive.

ESPN can rent or purchase Pac-12 network facilities, provide cash and stability to Pac-12, and create bi-coastal operations that add ACC subscriber revenue.

(In that scenario, the meeting remains clear and therefore the ACC grant agreement is maintained.)

On a larger scale, the Pac-12 Network facility could become ESPN’s operational hub for all West Coast sporting events.

“This is definitely what ESPN is paying attention to,” sources said.

That would be the last twist — it’s worth the June 30th lightning strike from Los Angeles, which endangered the Pac-12 in the first place.

I don’t think this result is likely to happen, but we need to spotlight the vast range of possibilities that will shape the fate of the Pac-12 in some way or in any way.