49ers' new stadium will host Pac-12 football title game

The Pac-12 Conference will stage its annual Football Championship Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara for the next three years, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

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Posted by Dean
a resident of Midtown
on May 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Again in the interests of full disclusre I am a former Mid-towner.

Game Time selection, always a sticking point with ESPN and its networks or any of the over-the-air nets, is critical for viewership off the Coast.

An early (noon/3PM in the Eastern markets) or 5PM (8 in the East) KO would be best. The earlier one takes the Big 12 head-on (a win) and may avoid a head to head match with the SEC----an event that should be avoided at all costs and is a big loss!

The 5PM KO takes on the ACC championship head on and would garner a big audience in most of the country unless the ACC is a Virginia Tech/Florida State matchup (very likely).

Worst scenario is a 7 or 8 PM PST KO which means 2/3 of the country would not tune in and be a big loss for the Pac 12.

The vast majority of serious college football fans are in the Deep South, mid-Atlantic and Midwest areas. Real college football junkies are not on the West Coast!

Should be a great venue and a chance top show off the South Bay if properly time-slotted..

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Mountain View
on May 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I'm sad to say, but game time will be determined by the networks who have their eye on viewership numbers, not the convenience of West Coast fans.

A sticking issue for weekday games at Levi's Stadium will be the lack of parking. This is not a big problem on weekends when local businesses and Mission College will rent out their vacant staff and student parking lots.

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