The Pac-12 Championship Game is finally leaving Levi’s Stadium, and it’s probably, definitely, most likely never coming back. In a joint breakup announcement, the two parties let everyone know that they were both back on the market starting in 2020.
While the move makes almost too much sense for the Pac-12, it is honestly surprising that Lyin’ Larry Scott & Co. actually decided to address one of the conference’s many extremely public problems. They realized that holding a championship game at five o’clock on a Friday night in Santa Clara is a really awful idea, and that is honestly refreshing to see. Say what you will about the disgusting state of officiating, or the egregious price tag on Scott’s Downtown San Francisco HQ, because you’re looking at a fan who has had his faith in the conference fully restored.
Obviously, the Pac-12 Conference has finally decided to recognize the threat of a massive tectonic shift along the Juan de Fuca Plate in the Pacific Ocean. West Coast football gets a bad rap, but the lack of national disaster is the only thing we really have over SEC/ACC country. Moving the championship game inland to the new Raiders Stadium in Las Vegas is attractive because of all the money, increased exposure, money, fun, and more money, but the true appeal is its safe distance from the floodline when the big one hits.
Expect the Mountain West to come out in the next few days to let everyone know that they have no interest in moving their championship game to Levi’s Stadium. They already do the right thing and hold the game in the home stadium of the participant with the best record.