UCLA should make it clear that one of its mainstays, the Pac-12 Conference, is moving to the Big Ten Conference in order to compete against schools primarily situated in the Midwest. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.
Newsom, who has voiced his disapproval for conference shakeups, doubled his criticism of Wednesday’s move when he attended a closed-door meeting of the UC Board of Regents in San Francisco. The governor demanded an explanation from the school as to its reasoning and how it will benefit student athletes.
“UCLA must clearly explain to the public how this deal will improve the experience for all its student-athletes, will honor its century-old partnership with UC Berkeley and will preserve the histories, rivalries and traditions that enrich our communities,”He said this in a Statement issued to Los Angeles Times.
Since 1923, UCLA and UC Berkeley have been playing each other in football.
The Big Ten will host the Bruins and USC rivals in 2024. The Pac-12 Conference’s remaining schools, including Berkeley, will suffer a severe financial loss due to their departures.
UCLA and USC are likely to see major revenue increases due to the Big Ten’s media-rights contracts. The Big Ten, which was once a Midwestern conference will now be a coast to coast conference that boasts some of the most elite athletic programs in the country.
The announcement of the move was made Officials from UCLAThe university will be able to continue its athletic programs without a significant cash injection, thanks to the financial boost it received from the Big Ten. A major benefit to student-athletes was also highlighted by the university, which likely allows them to get more lucrative names, images, and likeness deals.
“Additionally, it means enhanced resources for all of our teams, from academic support to mental health and wellness,”In a statement, Gene Block, UCLA’s Chancellor, and Martin Jarmond (Athletics Director) announced the move in a statement. “And although this move increases travel distances for teams, the resources offered by Big Ten membership may allow for more efficient transportation options. We would also explore scheduling accommodations with the Big Ten that best support our student-athletes’ academic pursuits.”
Carol L. Folt, president of USC, released a statement.
“With the Big Ten, we are joining a storied conference that shares our commitment to academic excellence and athletic competitiveness, and we are positioning USC and our student-athletes for long-term success and stability amidst the rapidly evolving sports media and collegiate athletics landscapes. We are delighted to begin this new chapter in 2024”
UCLA cannot be forced to reverse its decision by the UC Board of Regents because it was made in 1991 Campus chancellors were given delegated authority by the UC Office of the President to execute their own contracts, including intercollegiate athletic agreements. UCLA could be required to pay a fee to Berkeley for its exit or share the TV revenue from a move towards the Big Ten by the regents.