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    Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is under fire from all corners — from fans, from highly-credible media members and even, in a more subtle form, from league officials.

    Some of it is absolutely reasonable and justified — the state of the Pac-12 Networks and his handling of the Dan Guerrero/satellite camp vote are two glaring examples — but not all of it. The topic addressed here is intended to lend a sliver of perspective. (I’ll have more on Scott’s situation, and his future, in a few days.)

    As noted repeatedly on the Hotline, the Pac-12 is facing a massive revenue gap with the SEC and Big Ten, in part because of missteps with the Pac12Nets.

    But let’s be fair: The Pac-12 will never be on equal footing when it comes to Tier 1 money … assuming all three conferences are in the same contract cycle … because of the difference in fan passion and market penetration for advertisers, and there is a very clear and recent example to illustrate this situation:

    Spring game attendance.

    It’s not the only measure of passion — and passion means ratings and market penetration and advertising dollars for the networks — but it’s a pretty darn good one.

    Nobody should expect the Pac-12 to draw at SEC and B1G levels, but the difference is more striking than you might think.

    (Thanks to CollegeFootballTalk.com, one of my favorite websites, for the SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 data below. The Pac-12 figures are from my research.)

    Granted, not all spring “games” are created equal — some are real scrimmages, some are nothing more than glorified practices. But all of them have open doors and a welcome sign for fans willing to take the time …

    If a team isn’t listed, it didn’t report attendance or didn’t hold a spring game.

    Within the Pac-12, ASU opted against a spring game, while Washington and Oregon State didn’t report an official number.

    Oregon scrimmages this weekend and should have the largest crowd in the conference, by a significant margin. I’ve included the Ducks below, even though it’s a projection, because it paints a more complete picture of the Pac-12’s spring attendance relative to the other conferences.

    It would have been unfair to exclude the biggest crowd just because of timing.

    But even with the Ducks, the Pac-12 has just two of the top-25 crowds … and seven of the bottom 10.

    1. Ohio State – 100,189
    2. Georgia – 93,000
    3. Alabama – 76,212
    4. Nebraska – 72,992
    5. Tennessee – 67,027
    6. Penn State – 65,000
    7. Michigan State – 51,000
    8. Florida – 46,000
    9. Auburn – 45,723
    10. Oklahoma – 42,436
    11. Oregon – 36,000 (projection)
    12. Michigan – 35,000
    13. South Carolina – 32,916
    14. Arkansas – 30,546
    15. Kentucky – 28,441
    16. Texas A&M – 27,412
    17. Missouri – 25,000
    18. USC – 23,000
    19. LSU – 21,000
    20. Iowa – 18,460
    21. Oklahoma State – 17,500
    22. Mississippi State – 15,717
    23. Iowa State – 15,089
    24. Kansas State – 14,643
    25. Rutgers – 14,177
    26. Wisconsin – 9,181
    27. UCLA – 8,000
    28. Utah – 6,300
    29. West Virginia – 6,000
    30. Colorado – 5,100
    31. Purdue – 5,050
    32. Illinois – 5,000
    33. Washington State 4,129
    34. Stanford – 2,500
    35. Cal – 2,000
    36. Arizona – 1,500


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