Pac-12 Network: Deal Not Likely To Be Struck With DirecTV By Opening Weekend

The Pac-12 signed one of the richest television deal in all of college sports, but DirectTV's status with it is up in the air.

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DirecTV CEO On Pac-12 Network: 'We're Not Going To Have Seven Channels'

The Pac-12 Network is set to launch on Aug. 15 and as of now only Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and Brighthouse cable are scheduled to carry the network. Negotiations have been going on behind the scenes to get other cable and satellite providers on board to carry the network, but so far there has been no new provider to say that they will carry the channels.

DirectTV CEO Michael White talked about how their service is pushing back against rising content fees and that they are not afraid to go dark on certain channels in order to achieve their goal.

White did mention about the future of the Pac-12 Network on DirecTV briefly and the outcome looks grim:

In looking to rein in content fees, White said DirecTV isn't sure what it will do with the Pac-12 Network group. "We're not going to have seven channels -- I can assure you of that," he said.

For those who have DirecTV they are not going to like that statement, but a lot of times in launching a new channel these deals are not done until the last minute. Also hearing that White does not know what to do with the Pac-12 Network is also concerning. It could just be that he does not want to carry all seven channels nationally.

It is easy to see why DirecTV does not want to carry all seven channels because costs would be high with that many channels. So seeing all seven networks on a basic tier is likely not going to happen, but it would make sense to have the national feed of the Pac-12 Network be on a tier that does not require the sports package.

Then have the regional networks set up where each one -- such as the Utah/Colorado channel -- would be available as a regional sports network similar to ROOT Sports. The other regional networks could be available on the sports package tier, but the way White is talking that seems unlikely since they are not sure what to do with the group of channels.

For those with DirecTV get ready to find an alternate way to watch games on the Pac-12 Network somewhere else than the comfort of your home.

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Pac-12 Network To Create One National, Six Regional Networks

Larry Scott announced his plan for the Pac-12 Network and he hit yet another home run on this. Instead of hitching the leagues wagon to one cable provider, Scott was able to partner with the largest cable companies in the country. This will ensure that the fans in the league footprint should have very little issue finding the Pac-12 Network.


Here are the bullet point details from the press release, via Ralphie Report:


- The first big announcement to come out today is the creation of the Pac-12 Networks in partnership with Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and Brighthouse cable

- The second major announcement of the day was that the Pac-12 is creating six regional networks and one national network. The regional networks are Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Southern California, Arizona and Mountain

- At least 850 sporting events yearly on the Pac-12 Networks

- Launches in August of 2012

- Will be available to a wide range of viewers through arrangements with the cable partners

- Every single football and basketball game will be available in every state on the Pac-12 Networks (if not on one of the conference's other television partners)

- Hundreds of Olympic sports will be available


- Pac-12 Networks will be available on ANY DEVICE, TV anywhere

- The conference owns and controls the Pac-12 Networks

The two big takeaways I get from this is the ability to watch on any device which would include computers, tablets and smart phones. Not sure if live coverage is available on any device and if that was the case then it is another big win for the league. The other item to be excited about is the six regional networks and national network. That will provide coverage to more events to the local markets.

The only downside is that if you live outside of a Pac-12 state the Pac-12 regional and national networks will be on a pay-teir and there is currently no deal in place for satatllite.

The terms of the details were not disclosed, but the Pac-12 has already won with a $3 Billion television deal prior to the Pac-12 Network so anything else is a bonus.

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Pac-12 Media Enterprises Could Add Another $1 Billion To Leagues Media Deal

More news is coming out about the Pac-12's multimedia deal and fans of the Pac-12 should be giddy of this latest update. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott spoke with CBSSports.com about Pac-12 Media Enterprises -- which consists of the Pac-12 television network and online presence -- and how it could possibly be worth $1 billion over the life of the contract be worth $1 billion over the life of the contract:

"I can tell you this, based on offers people have made to us we've got at least a billion-dollar business we're sitting on," Scott told CBSSports.com. "That's just Pac-12 Media Enterprises."

He later added: "That is a broad figure that has been thrown out to us by media investors. That's a potential minimum value over a seven-to-10 year period."

Dividing $1 billion among 12 schools could mean an additional $83 million is gross revenue total per school. Depending the on length of the deal, that means Pac-12 Media Enterprises alone could produce an additional $8.3 million-$11.9 million per year for each school. The schools already are guaranteed an average of $21 million per school in the ESPN-Fox deal.

This deal could possibly give each school over $30 million per year and would make the Pac-12 far and away the richest conference multimedia deal. The Pac-12 Media Enterprises is the company that will manage the league's new network, digital rights and conference level sponsorship and licensing.

If that extra money does not get you exciting there is also this:

The digital possibilities, he continues to say, are limitless. There are 2,700 Pac-12 "events" available for broadcast each year according to Pac-12 TV consultant Chris Bevilacqua. To date, only 131 of those have been sold. Scott wants Pac-12 content on every device imaginable. There already have been discussions with Google as a possible partner.

Partnering with Google is a big deal, because it means that YouTube could be in the works to stream the other Pac-12 events. All in all, this is another reason why Larry Scott is a visionary man and is taking the Pac-12 to new heights.

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