Fox Sports to air Pac-12 championship game

Cable net inks one-year deal to air inaugural football matchup

Looking to ramp up its college football slate after losing the BCS bowl package to ESPN, Fox Sports has pacted on a one-year deal with the Pac-12 to air its inaugural championship game.

Starting next season, the conference that for decades consisted of 10 teams will add U. of Colorado and U. of Utah.

Game is slated for Dec. 3 at the home stadium of the team with the best conference record.

Deal is worth a total of $25 million. That includes $14.5 million for the championship contest and another $10.5 for an additional six football games and 10 men’s basketball games that will air on Fox Sports Net during the year.

“Fox has demonstrated its ability to drive new innovation into sports broadcasting and we look forward to seeing how they will help us take our championship game to the next level of interactive entertainment for our fans,” said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.

Fox already owns the rights to the first-ever Big 10 championship football game, and that will be paired with the Pac-12 game and be played as a doubleheader.

For the first time this season, ESPN is televising all five BCS championship games. Ratings have been strong. Cabler airs the national championship game Monday night when undefeated schools Oregon and Auburn face each other.