The Pac-12 studios have been a work in progress the past few years ever since Larry Scott became commissioner. Scott has wanted a network to become the main distributor of the conference and showcase the best of the West to the rest of the country.
The conference took the first step this afternoon to putting together a network for the Pac-12 to follow. Here are the quotes from the latest press release.
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. – Pac-12 Enterprises, the diversified and
integrated content and media company of the Pac-12 Conference, has
officially begun construction on the Pac-12 Studios, it’s soon-to-be
headquarters in downtown San Francisco, it was announced today. The
project is scheduled to be completed in the summer.
Located at 370 Third Street in the technology-rich SOMA district, the
Pac-12 Studios will serve as the headquarters and operations hub for
the new Pac-12 Networks, the Pac-12 Digital Network and Pac-12
Properties, the sponsorship, licensing and events management arm for
the Conference. The new venture will bring more than 100 new jobs to
San Francisco this year.
“This represents another groundbreaking moment for a Conference that
is steeped in tradition and history and has enjoyed more success than
any collegiate conference in the country,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry
Scott said. “There may be concrete at our feet, but the foundation for
the Pac-12 Studios is being built on the success and excellence of our
programs and our dynamic student-athletes. We love the vibrancy of
being in San Francisco and believe it will be very conducive to the
environment we envision. It’s very exciting.”
“San Francisco is a perfect intersection of sports, entertainment and
technology, and I am thrilled by the Pac-12 decision to base their
operations here, demonstrating once again that San Francisco is
attracting an incredible mix of talent and industry from across the
nation,” San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee said. “Pac-12 Enterprises
will not only have access to the best and brightest creative talent
for their staff here but they will also tap into the City’s innovative
culture and entrepreneurial spirit as they grow their media company
and innovate their business model.”
The Pac-12 Network is on its way, and should be ready to go by this fall.
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