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    The Pac-12 chancellors and presidents are gathering Monday in San Francisco for their annual spring meetings and expected to discuss expansion, the TV network and the merits of the football title game …

    Oops, sorry. I got the Pac-12 and Big 12 meetings confused.

    The Pac-12 version is expected to be everything the Big 12 discussions (next week) aren’t. And by that I mean quiet and routine.

    I suppose there could be a curve. But from what I know of the agenda, we shouldn’t count on the Pac-12 making national headlines. Not even close.




    Commissioner Larry Scott will brief the presidents and chancellors on the state of the conference.

    They’ll approve the conference budget for FY17 and discuss the status of other major issues, like student-athlete welfare, head-trauma initiatives, the Pacific Rim endeavor and maybe-just-maybe the Pac-12 Networks.

    But again: There shouldn’t be major news, and that includes anything related to the future of the Pac12Nets.

    Why? Because that matter has already been discussed at the highest levels of the conference.

    According to multiple sources, Scott and Co. explored the possibility of an equity sale last fall and determined the timing wasn’t right — that the conference is better off retaining 100 percent ownership, at least in the near term.

    I haven’t confirmed which potential partners were approached but assume it was a mix of traditional (ESPN, Fox) and unconventional (Google, Netflix, etc).

    Oh, and let me add this: The presidents and chancellors aren’t exactly clamoring for an equity sale.

    The Pac12Nets weren’t pitched to the ivory towers as a major money-making endeavor, but rather as a non-money loser that would give the conference 100% ownership of a media company during a time of rising valuations for media companies.

    For the time being, the CEOs are quite content.

    (They might be the only ones, but they’re the only ones who matter.)

    One other item to address …

    Football fans, take note:

    The logistics for the early-season games (kickoff times and TV info) will be released in early June. I don’t have a date, but it should be in the first few days.

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