Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News had an interview Monday night with Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott regarding Gary Stevenson's resignation as president of Pac 12 Enterprises:
*** Scott said he was “not completely surprised” by the departure of Pac-12 Enterprises president Gary Stevenson, who did a masterful job getting the Pac12Nets launched 51 weeks after he was hired.
*** Lydia Murphy-Stephans, who was hired by Stevenson last fall as GM of the Pac12Nets, has been elevated to president.
She’ll oversee the Networks, Pac-12 Digital, sales and distribution, and she’ll report directly to Scott.
Yes, that means Murphy-Stephans takes over negotiations with DirecTV.
“Lydia will be the leaders of the Networks, and she’ll lead the conversations,” said Scott, who added that he will closely monitor the situation.
"It’s a fresh perspective and a fresh voice in those discussions.”
Will that move things along? There’s a chance, I suppose. But far, far, FAR more important is the price point.
If the Pac-12 continues to offer DTV essentially the same deal it has with DISH, Comcast, TWC, etc. — and there are very good reasons for the league to stand its ground — then I’m not sure it matters who’s leading the discussions on the Pac-12 side.
"Our commitment to doing a deal with DirecTV is as strong as ever,” Scott added. “I hope it leads to an agreement before football season.”http://blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports/2013/04/24/pac-12-networks-stevenson-departs-murphy-stephans-ascends-and-the-challenge-ahead/
*** My hunch regarding distribution:
Don’t be surprised if the conference strikes a deal with AT&T U-verse in the next few months.
Be very surprised if the conference strikes a deal with DirectTV before late August (if then).