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Pac-12 agrees to limit late football games, court storming

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 CEO Group has approved provisions to reduce night football games, add fines for court and field storming, and begin eSports competitions in 2016-17.

The changes were announced Tuesday.

The conference modified its TV agreements with Fox and ESPN to allow football games on the Pac-12 Networks to start at 2:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. local time and overlap with the other two networks’ exclusive TV windows.

The Pac-12 also added a fine schedule to its court- and field-storming policy, starting at $25,000 for a first offense and going to $100,000 for a third offense.

The eSports competitions will allow schools to compete in specific video games with head-to-head matchups in studios and a tournament in conjunction with a Pac-12 championship event. Game titles and event formats will be determined later.