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SBD/August 10, 2012/Media
Pac-12 Networks To Debut Next Week; Talks With Additional Providers Ongoing
Published August 10, 2012
GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME: In California, Jim Carlisle writes, "It hasn’t always been easy to find the Pac-12 on TV, but that won't be the case anymore.” Regionalization of the conference's football games “is a thing of the past.” In addition to the Pac-12 Network airing 35 games, a new $3B, 12-year contract with ESPN and Fox "will have those networks showing 44 more games nationally.” Every men's basketball game “will also air either on Fox, ESPN or the Pac-12 Networks and there will be much more coverage of women's basketball and other men's and women's sports that have [been] ignored by television.” Stevenson said that 350 events “will be shown on all seven networks.” Also, about 50 more events per school "will be shown regionally” (VENTURA COUNTY STAR, 8/10). In Phoenix, Paola Boivin writes under the header, “Pac-12 Networks Offer Viewer Paradise.” The conference “has yet to come to terms with several big-name distributors,” but sources said that the “odds are good that agreements with many of those providers will be reached by the start of football season, which is late August.” Stevenson said, "Any conversation we've had with them has been encouraging. And it's encouraging because they believe we have very good content” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/10).