McLaughlin: How SDSU, SMU Would Add Value to Pac-12

Spencer examines the prospect of the Conference's two most likely additions to the league

Posted on June 14, 2023

  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on CFB for SuperWest Sports


San Diego State and SMU do not increase the value of the Pac-12’s media deal (for now) but still should be added to the league.

In the eyes of university presidents, their respective values go beyond the football field or basketball court.

On today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I examine the prospect of the Pac-12’s 2 most likely additions to keep the league at 12 teams.

SDSU and SMU could be valuable long-term additions that should be compared, in the best-case scenario, to the likes of Utah and TCU.

Even millions of dollars in media rights contracts don’t compare to the total amount of money that university presidents are in charge of for their operating budgets.

How much they care about a potentially lower-end media deal in terms of dollars comes down to priorities.

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