Built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic performance, the Pac-12 Conference renewed its undisputed claim as the “Conference of Champions” in 2016-17, becoming the first conference to win 500 NCAA Championships.
Spanning over a century of outstanding athletic achievements, the Pac-12 has claimed 501 NCAA titles (297 men’s, 174 women’s, 30 combined) entering the 2017-18 athletics year, outdistancing the nearest conference by almost more than 200 titles.
The conference won 13 NCAA Championships in 2016-17, marking the ninth time overall and the third time in the last four years the Conference claimed double-digit titles. It was also 16th time in the last 17 years the Pac-12 led all conferences in NCAA titles won.
Individually, the Pac-12 has produced 2,292 individual NCAA Champions, also pacing all conferences in that category. Utah contributed three NCAA Champions to that total in 2016-17 (skier Martin Bergström in the 20-km freestyle and 10-km classic, and women’s gymnast MyKayla Skinner in the floor exercise).
The Pac-12’s roots date back to 1915 when four schools banded together to form the Pacific Coast Conference. The teams and names would change over the years, and in 1978, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State united as members of the Pac-10 Conference. The conference ushered in a new era on July 1, 2011, officially becoming the Pac-12 Conference with the addition of Utah and Colorado.
Pac-12 schools have captured 501 NCAA team championships, the most of any conference.
Pac-12 Networks was created in 2011 and incorporates one national and six regional television networks, plus extensive digital content accessible through social media, university websites, and Pac-12 Now, its TV Everywhere service. It is the innovative TV and multimedia company of the Pac-12 Conference, and is the first such company to be wholly owned by 12 universities.
Each year, Pac-12 Networks offers live coverage of 850 sporting events, making it one of the top live sports producers in the country. In addition, Pac-12 Networks creates extensive original programming, provides visibility for marquee football and basketball events as well as numerous women’s and Olympic sports.
The Pac-12 digital platform includes Pac-12.com, the official athletic website of member universities, mobile applications, social media and other innovative digital initiatives across the company. Twitter is the Pac-12 Networks’ premier streaming partner for Pac-12 Plus, a broadband network of live events produced by the conference’s 12 universities. At least 150 events over the 2016-17 academic year will be live streamed to fans.
The Pac-12 Conference also has television agreements with ESPN and FOX that run through 2023-24. ESPN distributes games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ABC, while FOX airs games on FOX or FOX Sports1 and simulcasts several games on FOX Deportes.