After Colorado and other schools complained about the plethora of late night football games, the Pac-12 decided to do something about it.
On Tuesday, the Pac-12 CEO group, which is consists of conference presidents and chancellors, announced a few decisions that came out their end of year board meeting, including the reduction of night football games and fines for court/field storming.
The group approved a recommendation to modify the TV agreements with ESPN and Fox and to limit the number of Pac-12 Networks games that start at 7 p.m. or later.
Pac-12 Network games can now start at 2:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. and overlap with an ESPN or FOX window. The change could eliminate four late-night games on the Pac-12 Networks.
"I am in favor of that," CU athletic director Rick George said. "I know we're going to have to play night games, but if we can minimize those, I think it's better for all involved, most importantly our student athletes and getting home at a decent time, but also our fan base that sometimes night games are difficult for."
Last season, six of CU's nine Pac-12 games started at 7 p.m. or later, with two of those broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. George said there has been some discussion about limiting the amount of late-night games for specific teams, but added, "A lot of it comes down to the selections that the network partners make on the game times."
George added that Arizona and Arizona State, for example, prefer late night games early in the season.
The CEO group also approved an institutional fine schedule for court or field storming. Starting this fall, schools will be fined $25,000 for a first offense of court/field storming, $50,000 for a second offense and $100,000 for a third offense.
CU fans stormed the court after the men's basketball team upset No. 9 Arizona on Feb. 24, and Arizona coach Sean Miller was not happy about it, saying it put his players in danger.
"The court storming policy is important," George said. "As I looked at the court storming that we had here, everybody focus on the concern of the other team, which I do as well. But I looked at that incident and I'm as concerned about our players, because typically that's where the fans run to is our players.
"We don't want an opposing playing, one of our players and we don't want students and other people coming onto the court to get hurt. We just have to be thoughtful about that. Them going with a financial penalty, I'm OK with and was supportive of that."
To prevent court storming — and a fine — George said the schools need to do a better job of educating fans beforehand and making in-game announcements.
In addition, the group released a 22-page report about student-athlete time demands. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott met with student-athletes at all 12 conference schools this spring and the balancing of time demands has been a point of emphasis for the Pac-12.
"I think we're moving in a really good direction from that standpoint," George said. "I think our conference and presidents and chancellors and athletic directors all understand the importance that we need to address time demands. I think we're aligned as a group in our goals and where we're headed."
CU's 11-year partnership agreement with Nike is set to expire next spring, but George said the two sides are in discussions about an extension and that an announcement about that extension could come soon.
CU has looked at other companies, as well, but George said, "Nike has been our partner and I would anticipate them being our partner moving forward."
CU's current agreement with Nike went into effect on July 1, 2006, and was extended one year when CU added a women's lacrosse team. CU's athletic department has partnered with Nike since 1995.
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