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Pac-12 Cuts New TV Deal

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Wednesday at a news conference in New York City that the Pac-12 has partnered with cable companies Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and Bright House to form a national network, with six regional channels associated with the conference, too.

Every Pac-12 football and men’s basketball game will be televised nationally, part of approximately 850 sporting events that will air annually on the network. The 12-year deal will begin in August 2012. The conference already has a 12-year television contract worth about $3 billion with Fox and ESPN, which will air high-profile football and men’s basketball games.

The catch, however, is that you will need to have cable subscription with one of the aforementioned companies, as games will not be available via dish.

“We are hopeful, expect, we will have additional distribution with satellite companies and other cable companies,” Scott said.

That avenue has not been explored as yet.

“We haven’t been approached,” said Robert Mercer, director of public relations for DirecTV, “so nothing to talk about right now.”

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ESPN Lands Rights to Euro 2012, 2016

ESPN continues to get serious about this soccer thing.

After a successful World Cup, the Worldwide Leader purchased the rights to the 2012 and 2016 European Championship. The tournament – considered by most to be better quality than the World Cup – will feature 16 teams in ’12 and expand to 24 in ’16. The event will be held in Poland/Ukraine and France, respectively.

“Euro is a perfect counterbalance to World Cup, so strategically it makes sense for us,” Scott Guglielmino, ESPN’s senior vice president for programming, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. “The passion involved in national team play at the highest level is something that’s incredibly powerful, unlike anything else.”

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast every match after showing seven on ESPN and 17 on ESPN2 during the 2008 Euro. ABC televised the final between Spain and Germany.

According to the AP story, “ESPN also said it had obtained U.S. rights to numerous Euro qualifiers, including home games of Spain, Germany, France and the Netherlands, as well as games involving England, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Portugal. As part of the deal, and ESPN Deportes will televise the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship and the 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 UEFA under-21 championships.”

There’s a bit of bad news for American soccer fans, however. Read more

And Then 'The List' Was Destroyed

“The List,” the document with the 100 names of players who tested positive for steroids? Yep, destroy it and all the other information seized during the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative raids of 2003.

“We have always believed that the seizures were improper and violated the rights of the players [and the players union],” union executive director Michael Weiner told The New York Times. “The courts have agreed. This is a significant victory for our members.”

We’ll never have proof whether Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and so many others took steroids. Well except for Bonds.

Mr. Scapegoat’s positive tests will be saved to use at his trial, which begins in March in San Francisco. But the rest of you guys: yeah, off the hook.

Where’s WikiBaseballLeaks when you need it?