Logo of the Pac-12 Networks
|Launched||August 15, 2012|
|Owned by||Pacific-12 Conference|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Broadcast area||United States
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California|
|Available on some cable systems.||Check local listings for channel numbers.|
|AT&T U-verse||759-761 (SDTV)
|Available to those who authenticate through their TV provider, or in some rare cases through their ISP.||http://video.pac-12.com/|
Pac-12 Network is the national network in a group of 7 American sports television networks dedicated to the Pac-12 Conference, which began broadcasts on August 15, 2012. The 7 networks, titled Pac-12 Networks, include the national network and 6 regional networks: Pac-12 Arizona (Arizona & Arizona State), Pac-12 Bay Area (Cal & Stanford), Pac-12 Los Angeles (UCLA & USC), Pac-12 Mountain (Colorado & Utah), Pac-12 Oregon (Oregon & Oregon State), and Pac-12 Washington (Washington & Washington State).1 The national network was available to at least 48 million homes at time of launch,2 while the regional networks are available in every home of their respective region in Pac-12 territory.3 The Pac-12 Network is the third network devoted to a specific conference after BTN and the now defunct Mtn. The networks are the first owned fully by a conference without support from outside groups (BTN has Fox as a 49% owner and Mtn. had CBS and Comcast as partners).
The networks feature 24-hour a day, 7-day a week coverage of classic-to-current Pac-12 sports, including olympic sports. The contract ensures that every football and men's basketball game are televised nationally.4 Sports not featured nationally on the national Pac-12 Network are featured through the regional networks as well as on the new Pac-12 Digital Network, which was launched the same day.
The notice of the Pac-12 Networks included agreements with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, and Bright House Networks. This agreement does not guarantee that the Pac-12 Networks would be available to every home in Pac-12 territory and a minimum of 40 million homes nationally at launch date.6 The agreements compliment a 12-year deal the Pac-12 Conference has entered into with Fox Sports and ESPN beginning in 2012. In addition, the network has been in extended negotiations with satellite carriers. Larry Scott stated in an interview (May 8, 2012) with Seattle sports radio station KJR that he is "quietly optimistic" that a deal will be done in time for Fall 2012. As of September 7, 2013, the Pac-12 Network has yet to sign carriage deals with DirecTV, Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS.
- On July 27, 2011, the Pac-12 Conference announced agreements with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, and Bright House Networks, each of whom intend to carry the Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Digital Network at launch date.
- On July 20, 2012, the Pac-12 Conference announced a long-term agreement with National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a cooperative of 900 mostly smaller and rural cable providers. The agreement allows any member of the NCTC access to carry one or more of the Pac-12 Networks. The agreement also gives access to the Pac-12 Digital Network through the NCTC WTVE TV Everywhere platform.7 On a conference call on August 10, 2012, the conference announced that NCTC members Strata Networks & All West Communications in Utah, San Bruno Cable in the Bay Area, GCI in Alaska, LocalTel Communications in Seattle, and Ashland Communications in Oregon have agreed to carry the Pac-12 Network.8
- On July 28, 2012, Frontier Communications revealed on one of its official Facebook accounts that the company would carry the channel on Frontier FiOS TV.9 The deal was officially announced on August 1, 2012.
- On August 1, 2012, Bend Cable Communications, a small cable company located in Oregon, announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Network as well as the Pac-12 Digital Network on their “bendbroadband2go” TV Everywhere platform.10
- On August 3, 2012, Western Broadband and Orbitel Communications, located in Arizona, announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Arizona Network.11
- On August 6, 2012, Astound Broadband announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Bay Area Network.12
- On August 7, 2012, Wave Broadband announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Bay Area, Oregon, and Washington Networks.13
- On August 8, 2012, CC Communications announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 National Network and one Pac-12 regional channel. As of August 30, 2012, CC Communications will carry the Pac-12 National Network as well as the Pac-12 Mountain Network.14 Click! Network also revealed on their official Facebook page that they would carry the Pac-12 Network.15
- On August 21, 2012, Canby Telecom announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 National Network as well as all Pac-12 regional networks.16
- On September 8, 2012, Dish Network announced that they would carry the Pac-12 National Network starting on September 8. Dish is the only satellite carrier to strike a carriage agreement with the Pac-12 to date, and the largest pay-TV provider to strike a deal in 2012, bringing the Pac-12 Networks' coverage to approximately 60 Million.17
- On October 10, 2012, the conference came to an agreement with Consolidated Communications for its SureWest Communications, a small carrier located in Northern California, to carry the Pac-12 Networks Bay Area regional service.18
- On September 6, 2013, Pac-12 Networks came to a deal with AT&T U-Verse to carry the main feed on Channel 759, Bay Area on channel 760, and Los Angeles on channel 761.19
Executive Management Team:20
- Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner
- Kevin Weiberg, Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner & CEO
- Lydia Murphy-Stephans, Head of Pac-12 Networks21
- Summer Sanders (Studio Host/Analyst, Former Stanford Swimming Champion)22
- Ashley Adamson (Football Studio Host, Former Sports Anchor for WISH-TV Indianapolis)
- Mike Yam (Studio Host/News Anchor, Former ESPN SportsCenter Host)23
- Ted Robinson (Lead Football Game Announcer and Basketball Game Announcer, Radio voice of the 49ers)
- Kevin Calabro (Football Game Announcer and Basketball Game Announcer, Former voice of the Seattle SuperSonics)
- Dave Flemming (Football Game Announcer, Graduate of Stanford University and radio voice of the SF Giants and Stanford football, ESPN College Basketball play-by-play announcer)
- Roxy Bernstein (Football and Basketball Game Announcer, Graduate of the University of California, broadcaster for ESPN, Cal and Oakland A's)
- Ron Pitts (Football Game Announcer, Graduate of Ucla and voice of NFL on Fox)
- JB Long (Basketball Game Announcer, Graduate of Notre Dame and former Tampa Bay sportscaster)
- Rich Cellini (Football Game Announcer and Basketball Game Announcers,)
- Paul Sunderland (Basketball Game Announcer, former Los Angeles Lakers FSN broadcaster, also covers beach volleyball and the NBA for FSN and NBC Sports)
- Jim Watson (Basketball Game Announcer, covered Pac-12 Sports for NBC, Fox Sports, ESPN3, and Universal Sports for over 20 years)
- Mark Rogondino (Soccer Game Announcer and Basketball Game Announcers, Voice of Los Angeles Galaxy soccer)
- Rick Neuheisel (Studio Analyst, Former UCLA player & Head Football Coach at UCLA, Colorado, and Washington)
- Ronnie Lott (Studio Analyst, Former USC and NFL player)
- Glenn Parker (Lead Game Analyst, Former Arizona player and NFL player)
- Adam Archuleta (Game Analyst, Former Arizona State and NFL player)
- Curtis Conway (Studio Analyst, Former USC and NFL player)
- Coy Wire (Game Analyst, Former Stanford and NFL player)
- Ryan Nece (Game Analyst, Former UCLA and NFL player)
- Jeremy Bloom (Game Analyst/Studio Analyst, Former Colorado and NFL player)24
- Bill Walton (Game Analyst, Former UCLA and NBA player)25
- Chris Spatola (Game Analyst, Former Army player and Duke assistant coach)
- Don Maclean (Game Analyst, Former UCLA player Fox Sports Announcers)
- Ernie Kent (Game Analyst, former Oregon Head Coach Fox Sports Announcers)
- Lenny Wilkens (Game Analyst, Former NBA Player and Head Coach)
- Detlef Schrempf (Game Analyst, Former Washington and NBA Player)
- Brevin Knight (Game Analyst, Former Stanford and NBA Player)
- Lamar Hurd (Game Analyst, Former Oregon State Player)
- Dan Belluomini (Game Analyst, former San Francisco Head Coach)
- Matt Muehlebach (Game Analyst, Former Arizona Player)
- Joe Cravens (Game Analyst, Former Utah Head Coach)
- Water Polo
- Ryan Nece (Former UCLA and NFL player)
- Brooke Olzendam (Sideline reporter for the Indiana Pacers)
- Yogi Roth (Former USC football coach)26
- Pac-12 Live - Weekly studio show discussing and highlighting the Pac-12 events of the week
- Pac-12 Classics - Replay of classic Pac-12 games and events
- Conference of Champions - Magazine show recapping the successes of current or former students, alumni, and faculty
- Pac-12 Encore - Replay of recent Pac-12 games or events
- Football Rewind - Weekly studio show discussing and highlighting Pac-12 football
- Pac-12 Playbook - Weekly football coaches show27
The networks feature 24-hour a day, 7-day a week coverage of classic-to-current Pac-12 sports, including olympic sports. In addition, the networks produce roughly 850 events a year (350 events on Pac-12's national network and 500 events on Pac-12 regional networks),1 including 35 football games, 100 men's basketball games, and 40 women's basketball games. All spring football games, coaches shows, and news conferences will be featured nationally on the main Pac-12 network.
The networks are produced in MPEG-4 1080i HD and simulcast in 480i SD. The networks' studio and production headquarters are located in San Francisco, CA in the same building as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
On June 10, 2012, the Pac-12 Conference announced a partnership with In Demand and Comcast Media Center (CMC) that provide the networks with technical support, Video On Demand (VOD) services, and TV Everywhere support. The infrastructure of the Pac-12 Networks, 12 member institutions, and CMC in Denver, CO are connected via fiber network. Master Control Origination services, including compression and satellite front-haul services, satellite receiver authorizations, and disaster recovery also run through the CMC in Denver.28
On December 8, 2012, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) declared a strike against the network, citing the hiring of non-union television crews at lower wages at many of the 12 campus sites.3031
- UCLA Music Department helps with the networks' on-air music production
- Arizona State and Washington State provide access to their highly acclaimed digital imaging libraries
- USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism also provide contributions29
On June 8, 2012, Pac-12 Enterprises announced a partnership with Ooyala to develop the Pac-12 Digital Network, dubbed Pac-12 Now,32 which is the TV Everywhere platform for Pac-12 Network. Pac-12 Now is available on PCs and the iPad within ten days of launch on August 15, 2012 to those who authenticate through their TV provider. In addition, Pac-12 Now is available to mobile devices and other internet connected devices in the home within 90 days after the launch of the broadcast networks.2 800 live sporting events, including Olympic sports, 30 football games, and 130 men's basketball games are broadcast on the Pac-12 Digital Network. Video On Demand material, including recent events and classic events are also available.33
Other channels that show only college sports include:
- Big Ten Network, shows sports involving the Big Ten conference.
- Longhorn Network, shows sports and programming involving the University of Texas at Austin.
- CBS Sports Network, formerly known as CSTV and the CBS College Sports Network, but still primarily shows college events.
- Fox College Sports
- MountainWest Sports Network (now defunct), showed sports involving the Mountain West Conference.
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