Logo of the Pac-12 Networks
|Launched||August 15, 2012|
|Owned by||Pacific-12 Conference|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Broadcast area||United States and Canada|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California|
|Dish Network||409 (HD/SD), 406 (Hopper STB HD/SD)|
|Available on certain U.S. cable systems||Consult your local cable provider for channel availability|
|AT&T U-verse||1759–61 (HD)
|Pac-12 Network live stream||video.pac-12.com
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Pac-12 Network is an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by the Pac-12 Conference. The network's studio and production facilities are headquartered in San Francisco, California, sharing the same facility as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
In addition to the national network, it also operates a group of seven regional sports networks focusing on different schools within the conference under the Pac-12 Networks brand (Pac-12 Arizona, which carries events from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University; Pac-12 Bay Area, featuring events from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University; Pac-12 Los Angeles, featuring events from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California; Pac-12 Mountain, featuring events from the University of Colorado and the University of Utah; Pac-12 Oregon, featuring events from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University; and Pac-12 Washington, featuring events from the University of Washington and Washington State University).
Formally announced on July 27, 2011 and launched on August 15, 2012, the national network was available to at least 48 million pay television households in the United States at the time of its debut, while the regional networks are available in all providers within their respective Pac-12 regional territory. It is the third sports network to be devoted to a specific collegiate athletic conference (after the Big Ten Network and the now-defunct MountainWest Sports Network) and the first to be owned by a conference outright without support from outside companies (Fox Entertainment Group owns 49% of Big Ten Network, while MountainWest Sports Network had CBS and Comcast as partners, and the recently launched SEC Network already has ESPN as a partner).
The networks feature 24-hour coverage of Pac-12 sanctioned sporting events, including olympic sports as well as broadcasts of archived sports telecasts. The contract ensures that every football and men's basketball game is televised nationally. Sports not featured on the national Pac-12 Network are instead carried through the regional networks as well as on the Pac-12 Digital Network, which was launched the same day.
On June 10, 2012, the Pac-12 Conference announced a partnership with pay-per-view service In Demand and Comcast Media Center (CMC) that would provide the networks with technical support, video on demand services, and support for TV Everywhere services. The infrastructure of the Pac-12 Networks, 12 member institutions and CMC's operations in Denver, Colorado are connected via fiber network. Master control origination services, including compression and satellite front-haul services, satellite receiver authorizations, and disaster recovery are also run through the CMC in Denver. The following month on July 22, the Pac-12 Conference announced an additional partnership with In Demand that would provide mobile production facilities and below-the-line crews for all 12 schools in the conference.
The Pac-12 Networks produce telecasts of roughly 850 collegiate events each year (350 events on Pac-12's national network, and 500 events carried on Pac-12 regional networks). The national network includes 35 football games, 100 men's basketball games and 40 women's basketball games on an annual basis. The Pac-12 national network also features all spring football games, coaches shows, and news conferences. The Pac-12 network has also shown rugby matches played by schools from the PAC Rugby Conference, even though college rugby is not a sport sanctioned by the NCAA.
Original programs broadcast by the networks include:
- Pac-12 Sports Report - A weekly studio show discussing and highlighting the Pac-12 events of the week
- Pac-12 Football Weekly - A weekly studio show breaking down the latest football news from around the Pac-12
- The Drive - A weekly docu-series that provides a behind-the-scenes look inside a pair of Pac-12 football programs with exclusive content and audio from players and staff
- Pac-12 Classics - A replay of classic Pac-12 games and events
- Pac-12 Encore - A replay of recent Pac-12 games or events
- Pac-12 Playbook - A weekly football coaches show
- The 12 Best - A series that counts down the top 12 conference sports moments within various categories
- Varsity Days - A program featuring rare or never-before-seen footage of Pac-12 athletes and coaches, recapping historic moments and unforgettable battles
- Timelines - A 12-installment series chronicling the great sports moments from the previous year for each Pac-12 school
The original announcement of the Pac-12 Networks' launch on July 27, 2011 included the announcement of carriage agreements with four major cable providers, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks to carry the Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Digital Network at launch. The agreements did not guarantee that the Pac-12 Networks would be available in all areas within the territory of a Pac-12 university, and a minimum of 40 million homes nationally at launch date. The agreements complimented a 12-year deal that the Pac-12 Conference had struck with Fox Sports and ESPN that began in 2012. In addition, the network entered into extended negotiations with satellite providers. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott stated in a May 8, 2012 interview with sports radio station KJR in Seattle that he is "quietly optimistic" that deals with providers would be made in time for the channel's planned fall 2012 launch. As of September 7, 2013, the Pac-12 Network has not yet signed carriage deals with DirecTV, Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS.
On July 20, 2012, the Pac-12 Conference announced a long-term agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a cooperative of 900 mostly smaller and rural cable providers, allowing any member of the NCTC access to carry one or more of the Pac-12 Network as well as providing access to the Pac-12 Digital Network through the NCTC WTVE TV Everywhere platform. In an August 10, 2012 conference, the conference announced that NCTC members Strata Networks and All West Communications in Utah, San Bruno Cable in the San Francisco Bay Area, GCI in Alaska, LocalTel Communications in Seattle and Ashland Communications in Oregon had agreed to carry the Pac-12 Network. On July 28, 2012, Frontier Communications announced on one of its official Facebook accounts that the company would carry the channel on Frontier FiOS TV. The deal was officially announced on August 1, 2012.
Several smaller providers reached carriage agreements with the network during the month of August 2012. On August 1, Oregon-based cable providers BendBroadband announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Network as well as the Pac-12 Digital Network on their "bendbroadband2go" TV Everywhere platform. Two days later on August 3, 2012, Arizona-based Western Broadband and Orbitel Communications announced their intent to carry the Pac-12 Arizona Network. On August 6, Astound Broadband announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Bay Area Network. A day later on August 7, Wave Broadband announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Bay Area, Oregon, and Washington Networks. On August 8, 2012, CC Communications announced its intent to carry the Pac-12 National Network and one Pac-12 regional channel (on August 30, 2012, CC Communications began carrying the Pac-12 Mountain network, in addition to the national network). Click! Network also revealed on their official Facebook page that it would carry the Pac-12 Network. On August 21, 2012, Canby Telecom announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 National Network as well as all Pac-12 regional networks.
On September 8, 2012, Dish Network announced that it would carry the Pac-12 National Network starting on September 8. To date, it is the only satellite carrier to have struck a carriage agreement with the Pac-12 Networks, and was the largest pay television provider to reach a carriage deal during 2012, bringing the Pac-12 Networks' national coverage to approximately 60 million households. On October 10, 2012, the conference came to an agreement with Consolidated Communications for its SureWest Communications system in Northern California to carry the Pac-12 Networks Bay Area regional service. On September 6, 2013, Pac-12 Networks entered into a deal with AT&T U-verse to carry the main feed on channel 759 (as well as on channel 760 in the San Francisco Bay Area, and on channel 761 in Los Angeles).
Current on-air staff
- Anne Marie Anderson - women's sports game announcer
- Kevin Barnett - volleyball game announcer
- Roxy Bernstein - football and basketball game announcer
- Krista Blunk - women's sports game announcer
- Kevin Calabro - football and basketball game announcer
- Rich Cellini - football and basketball game announcer
- Dave Flemming - football game announcer
- Jason Knapp - water polo and lacrosse announcers
- JB Long - basketball game announcer
- Ron Pitts - football game announcer
- Ted Robinson - lead football and basketball game announcer
- Mark Rogondino - soccer and basketball game announcer
- Paul Sunderland - basketball game announcer
- Jim Watson - basketball game announcer
- Brian Webber - tennis and baseball game announcer
- Dan Belluomini - men's basketball analyst
- Tammy Blackburn - women's basketball analyst
- Jeremy Bloom - football game/studio analyst
- Geoff Blum - baseball game analyst
- Ato Boldon - track and field analyst
- Eric Byrnes - baseball game analyst
- Jarron Collins - men's basketball analyst
- Curtis Conway - studio football analyst
- Dan Dickau - men's basketball analyst
- Tom Feuer - track and field analyst
- Justin Gimelstob - tennis analyst
- Lamar Hurd - men's basketball analyst
- Cobi Jones - soccer analyst
- Aubrey Huff - baseball game analyst
- Ernie Kent - men's basketball analyst
- Adam Krikorian - water polo analyst
- Kara Lentz - lacrosse analyst
- Ronnie Lott - studio football analyst
- Don Maclean - men's basketball analyst
- Holly McPeak - sand volleyball analyst
- Matt Muehlebach - men's basketball analyst
- Mary Murphy - women's basketball analyst
- Rick Neuheisel - studio football analyst
- Glenn Parker - lead football game analyst
- Jake Plummer - studio football analyst
- Yogi Roth - football game/studio analyst
- Al Scates - men's volleyball analyst
- JT Snow - baseball game analyst
- Kevin Stocker - baseball game analyst
- Bill Walton - men's basketball analyst
- Kevin Wong - men's volleyball analyst
- Larry Scott - Pac-12 Commissioner, Executive Chairman of Pac-12 Enterprises
- Lydia Murphy-Stephans - President, Pac-12 Networks
Member institution contributions
- The UCLA Music Department helps with the networks' on-air music production
- Arizona State University and Washington State University provide access to their highly acclaimed digital imaging libraries
- Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California also provides contributions
On June 8, 2012, Pac-12 Enterprises announced a partnership with Ooyala to develop the Pac-12 Digital Network, branded as Pac-12 Now, which serves as the TV Everywhere platform for the Pac-12 Network. Pac-12 Now is available through web browsers, mobile and iOS devices, with content accessible via a login through a pay television provider. The Pac-12 Digital Network broadcasts 800 live sporting events, including Olympic sports, 30 football games and 130 men's basketball games annually. Video on demand content, including recent and classic events, are also available on the service.
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 twelve campus sites.
The following channels also exclusively air collegiate sporting events:
- Big Ten Network - shows sports involving the Big Ten Conference
- SEC Network - shows sports involving the Southeastern Conference
- Longhorn Network - shows sports and programming involving the University of Texas at Austin
- ESPNU - a national network focusing on sports from several collegiate athletic conferences
- CBS Sports Network - a general sports network whose primary source of sports content comes from collegiate events
- Fox College Sports - a slate of three regional networks focusing on sports from a variety of collegiate athletic conferences
- MountainWest Sports Network - a defunct network that carried sports involving the Mountain West Conference
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- www.pac-12.com - Pac-12 Conference official website