The subsequent section of school soccer realignment and convention growth is clearly trending in direction of the formation of two or three so-called “super-conferences.”
These leagues may have by far the best entry to the Faculty Soccer Playoff and many of the enormous pile of TV cash.
So, the place does that go away the smaller conferences? Apparently on the verge of extinction, in line with ESPN faculty soccer insider Pete Thamel.
The convention with the best likelihood of ceasing to exist? The Pac-12.
“I might suppose so solely as a result of [the Pac-12 is] not tied to a grant of rights proper now,” Thamel stated on ESPN.
“The ACC has a 14-year grant of rights, which is a really robust authorized doc. There’s actually no precedent for somebody [to get out of that contract]. That doesn’t imply someone could not strive within the subsequent 14 years, however I don’t know in the event that they’re going to strive within the subsequent 4 weeks.”
Dropping the likes of USC and UCLA to the Large Ten cannot be something however a soul-searching second for the Pac-12, which is combating to outlive.
“The Pac-12, what’s working towards them, is their deal is up in primarily two soccer seasons,” Thamel stated.
”So USC and UCLA are going to play out these seasons and stroll, the identical manner Oklahoma and Texas are taking part in out their time within the Large 12 and are going to stroll.
“So the top of that contract, the top of grant of rights, makes it a bit of little bit of open season for them a minimum of to select up their head and go searching and say, ‘Do I’ve extra profitable choices?’
”As a result of they need to get to the top of the moat the place the SEC is and the place, clearly, the Large Ten is financially.”
However is that doable?
That looks like a tough job after the Pac-12 loses its two premier manufacturers, together with the profitable Los Angeles media market.
Particularly with groups reportedly seeking to get out of the convention, not into it.
Large 12 officers already known as off the talks that proposed a merger between that league and the Pac-12, and as soon as once more reviews join Oregon and Washington to a possible transfer some place else.
And the Large Ten remains to be wanting round for brand new members for a possible second growth, however is ready round to see what Notre Dame says first.
No matter occurs subsequent in faculty soccer realignment, one factor seems sure: the way forward for the Pac-12 itself is an open query.
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