Pac-12 Agrees to Limit Late Football Games, Court Storming
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 CEO Group has approved provisions to reduce night football games, add fines for court and field storming, and begin eSports competitions in 2016-17.
The changes were announced Tuesday.
The conference modified its TV agreements with Fox and ESPN to allow football games on the Pac-12 Networks to start at 2:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. local time and overlap with the other two networks' exclusive TV windows.
The Pac-12 also added a fine schedule to its court- and field-storming policy, starting at $25,000 for a first offense and going to $100,000 for a third offense.
The eSports competitions will allow schools to compete in specific video games with head-to-head matchups in studios and a tournament in conjunction with a Pac-12 championship event. Game titles and event formats will be determined later.