I'm back with another installment of the Larry-Scott-Ideas-to-make-money-off-student-athletes.
This is the China edition.
Pac-12 planning a game… in China?
Yes, you read that right. Larry Scott gave an interview to the New York Times in which the PAC-12 commissioner says that he is going to China to outline a "road map" for an expanded PAC-12 presence in China.
The Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby is also quoted in the story.
But, the most stupid comment is the last line of the story.
"Scott said he expected the Pac-12 to play games in China in the next three to five years. Pac-12 Networks may be able to broadcast the games as well. Although Notre Dame and Stanford have discussed playing their 2013 football game in China, the Pac-12 could start with something more culturally relevant like basketball." (end quote)
Apparently, neither Mr. Scott nor the New York Times nor the blog poster understand the cultural relevance of baseball. Just about anyone around USC Athletics, Los Angeles or Southern California athletics, or actual AMATEUR athletics would understand the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Asia. More importantly, USC's Coach Dedeaux was highly involved with opening diplomatic ties to Asian nations for nearly FIFTY years in which USC helped to lead the "cultural" exchange of teaching kids in Asia the game of baseball.
I really hesitate to allow Larry Scott to go to China on behalf of the PAC-12. Larry Scott could not even handle the Oklahoma and Texas crowd. He could insult the Chinese and Asians with careless statements and even body language. USC has much more credibility internationally than Mr. Scott. Plus, Scott could damage US-Chinese relations. USC certainly does not need "Larry" to damage or subvert USC's substantial and extensive long-lasting history in Asia.
I genuinely hope that Pat Haden and the USC/UCLA leadership reel-in the Larry before he causes an anti-PAC-12 tsunami in Asia.
Ooops... too late... he's already there.
Can someone ask Larry when US Citizens might see the USC games against other PAC-12 teams? Forget telecasting in Shanghai, sir. I can't see USC playing from Southern Orange County!