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07:09 AM ET 07.12 | The Pac-12 is considering expansion of a different sort. No, the conference isn't trying to add another team. [Larry Scott] is looking across the Pacific Ocean to China to help expand the conference's brand. This is the second year of Scott's long-term effort to increase the Pac-12's presence in Asia. ... [Scott] hoped the league's cable network would someday be available there. "That's the next step," the Pac-12 commissioner said. "That's something we will be evaluating this summer. Taking the next step would be a regular season men's basketball game in China. Whether that's a non-conference game early in the season or during holiday time. There's a robust fan base for basketball in China, 300 million basketball fans."

The Salt Lake Tribune

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July 12, 2013  08:51 AM ET

And I thought going to Ireland to play football was stupid. How can you justify the travel expenses and time impact to your student-athletes when you do these things? A one time event I can sort of understand, but to do this with enough frequency so that citizens of CHINA want to subscribe to your cable network is ridiculous.

July 12, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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And I thought going to Ireland to play football was stupid. How can you justify the travel expenses and time impact to your student-athletes when you do these things? A one time event I can sort of understand, but to do this with enough frequency so that citizens of CHINA want to subscribe to your cable network is ridiculous.

Exactly. College athletics being led by the TV $$ trying for too much expansion too quick IMO.

July 12, 2013  09:22 AM ET

It is either Texas' fault...or conference realignment...or both.

I'm not gonna say it....

I'm not gonna say it....

I'm not gonna say it....

July 12, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Yeah it does seem a little weird, going to China to play a college football game. Scott did say, he hoped the league???s cable network would someday be available there. I guess you have to give Scott credit for trying to draw more interest in college basketball and football in foreign countries. IMO, there is nothing wrong with trying to expand the interest of college basketball and football.

July 12, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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A one time event I can sort of understand, but to do this with enough frequency so that citizens of CHINA want to subscribe to your cable network is ridiculous.

DS, IMO, I think it's a good idea. What's wrong with Chiana subscribing to a college football or athletic network??

July 12, 2013  09:39 AM ET

What a bunch of BS. Those G--K's are trying to take over everything now.

July 12, 2013  09:44 AM ET

The NBA has established its brand in China, a "growth" market with an expanding "middle class" (Ironic, isn't it, given that China's one party is Communist by its own declaration, and communism is based on a classless society?). Likely, Scott sees not just new $$ for the PAC network, but potential full-tuition OOS students for PAC schools.

July 12, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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DS, IMO, I think it's a good idea. What's wrong with *Chiana subscribing to a college football or athletic network??

*China

July 12, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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The NBA has established its brand in China, a "growth" market with an expanding "middle class" (Ironic, isn't it, given that China's one party is Communist by its own declaration, and communism is based on a classless society?). Likely, Scott sees not just new $$ for the PAC network, but potential full-tuition OOS students for PAC schools.

LOL, are you saying that this is a bad idea???

July 12, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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What a bunch of BS. Those G--K's are trying to take over everything now.

LOL, it's a conspiracy between Scott, the 12 PAC and China!!!

July 12, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What a bunch of BS. Those G--K's are trying to take over everything now.

Of all the ignorant things you have posted on this site, this has to be the ignorantest!

July 12, 2013  10:26 AM ET

And I used "ignorantest" intentionally to stay in line with the ignorance you bring.

July 12, 2013  10:30 AM ET

Next stop: SEC Baseball in Latin America.

July 12, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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Next stop: SEC Baseball in Latin America.

That would be great!!! Latin American would really help SEC Baseball!!!

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July 12, 2013  01:13 PM ET

There is a bronze sculpture in downtown Omaha NE, down by the river,, its a sculpture of Union iron workers hard at work building America,, a salute to labor its called.
If you look close at this statue you will see the words on it,,

MADE IN CHINA.

Van is very embarrassed about how America turned her back on her own and chose communist slave child labor over the American work force.

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July 12, 2013  02:55 PM ET
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That would be great!!! Latin American would really help SEC Baseball!!!

I think the SEC is doing just fine on the Baseball front. 2007 was the last year that a SEC team did not make the Finals. In 2011 both teams were from the SEC.

 
July 12, 2013  02:58 PM ET
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I think the SEC is doing just fine on the Baseball front. 2007 was the last year that a SEC team did not make the Finals. In 2011 both teams were from the SEC.

It was a great series this past June in Omaha. A great time was had!

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