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Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is in Salt Lake City for the first “Front Porch Summit,” a gathering of conference presidents and athletic directors to discuss athletics and academic issues facing the conference. But even with a view of the Wasatch mountains facing Scott as he met with media members Thursday at the Natural History Museum of Utah, it was China which seemed to be very much on his mind. Part of Scott’s driving force behind the two-day gathering of officials is to address topics such as the development of the league’s TV networks and academics, but he also wants to brainstorm ways to get the conference’s universities more global attention. He sees China as a fertile ground in which to push that initiative and envisions teams from all sports playing in the country in the next few years to gain exposure for Pac-12 schools. Scott recently visited the country to meet with officials to discuss the possibility of playing games in the country and hired a conference assistant to focus on overseas development. “There is a natural connection there with the Pac-12 and it’s leading research institutions in the Western United States,” he said of China.
Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits. - Richard Nixon
Scott is the man. Dude knows his business.
Love it. Scott is making moves.
I can see the Ducks being a favorite if the exposure actually works.
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I absolutely hate this. All it's going to do is take the game further away from the fans that actually care about it. I'm really hoping college sports doesn't lose it's accessibility for the average fan like pro sports has. This is a step in that direction. College athletics weren't meant to be global.
Blah. From a business standpoint it makes sense, but hell-to-the-no on the Ducks playing in China.
It happens before the actual season... Duke did this last August, they played in China and Dubai. It's a smart move to gain global exposure. It's about the players too, think of how fun it would be to travel internationally and play basketball at the same time.
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