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Paul Finebaum Predicts Pac-12 Will Dissolve By 2026

The Pac-12 is still looking for a legitimate television rights deal after months of rumors and deadlines, and it doesn’t appear much closer to one than it did this past winter.

Last summer, the conference lost its two LA-based brands (USC and UCLA) and is till trying to prove that it’s got the viewers to be paid like a Power Five conference. In short, the future of the new-look Pac-12 isn’t too bright.

The SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum weighed in on the Pac-12’s future during Tuesday morning’s episode of  McElroy & Cubelic in the Morning, and didn’t seem too confident that the western-most Power Five conference would make it out of its current predicament.

 

“I don’t believe so. I don’t know how it can, Greg,” Finebaum said. “Because it’s — the situation is so fragile right now. The leadership is better than it was. It’s still not very good. And, you know, I think you give the new commissioner, George Kliavkoff, a pass because maybe a year, a year and a half ago, his predecessor literally ran this thing into the ground. But he’s had enough time and I think, so far, you have to give him a failing grade.”

Despite the bigger conferences (Big Ten, SEC) not being as aggressive about expansion right now, Finebaum says that they might be forced to take what they can get with the Pac-12’s dissolution seemingly on the doorstep.

“And ultimately, as much as big conferences don’t really want to expand at the moment, I think they’ll be forced to take the cream of the crop out there, whether it’s the Big Ten going after the northwest schools, whether it’s Colorado or Arizona or somebody else just deciding to go to the Big 12 — I do not believe the Pac-12 can exist.”

My only argument here is, how does the conference make it three more years? I’m half joking, but things are looking mighty bleak for George Kliavkoff and company as we come into the next deadline.

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