The alliance between ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 will be announced at 2pm on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.
The three leagues are expected to emphasize “common values” and unanimous support affecting key issues affecting college athletes and schools in all sports. Sources say the Pac-12 has been the most aggressive of the three leagues in forming and encouraging the alliance.
When the news first broke out about a potential alliance earlier this month, a Pac-12 source told ESPN that the league was a little further ahead than the other two in building support and enthusiasm for the pact. Other sources in the league expected a message to come sooner.
Another source familiar with the discussions Tuesday told ESPN: “Pac-12 is driving this.”
New Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff, who on Monday night declined to comment on ESPN on the announcement of the alliance, has been clear in his mission to improve football in the league. Kliavkoff has said he has been focused on improving access to the College Football Playoffs and ways to increase football revenue, especially as the Pac-12 prepares to renegotiate its media rights deal. He also told the San Jose Mercury News that the league will decide in the coming weeks whether to investigate possible expansion.
The core of the alliance — as one source said is in response to the changing landscape of college athletics, but not necessarily a direct opposition to the SEC on its way to becoming the first 16-team super conference — is an ability to collaborate professionally and athletically among some of the country’s most respected research institutions.
The bottom line is that there is no immediate or direct impact on college football today.
“The impact now is a look at and excitement about the future and what this will mean,” a source told ESPN.
Tuesday’s alliance announcement will not cover widespread principles of football planning among the three leagues, sources said, as many betting contracts have been set for several years out. There is also a desire to see what a potential extended FFP model looks like before adopting new planning strategies.
Teams from the three leagues are expected to start planning more matches with each other, and individual leagues can make adjustments to their scheduling models. One option would be for the Pac-12 to reduce its number of league games from nine to eight, which would free up teams to play opponents from other Power 5 conferences, such as the Big Ten and ACC.
But cross-cutting planning methods are not coming just yet. The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced a planning deal in December 2011 to begin in 2017. But the deal eventually fell apart on the Pac-12 side.
“We can not repeat the story,” said one source.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich contributed to this report.
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