It looks like the biggest hold out in the college sports broadcasting is coming to an end as DirecTV is within days of finally carrying the Pac-12 Network.
The Pac-12 Network and DirecTV have not exactly been able to see eye-to-eye in the last three years, but with AT&T recently purchasing DirecTV — which has a good relationship with the Pac-12 Conference — things are looking up in the relationship.
Finally, the mega satellite provider is going to offer their 39 million subscribers in several western states a first-chance to watch one of the newest (albeit slow growing) college sports networks. Proof of this was reported by FierceCable.com as DirecTV had recently been testing the feed on their channel 612.
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Tracy Pierson of Bruin Report Online had told Scout Now that “it is happening” and that we are within days of the Pac-12 Network hitting the DirecTV airwaves.
That is perfect timing as the college football season begins next Thursday, September 2. That weekend the Pac-12 Network is broadcasting five games that are sure to get several million views as fans across the nation will be able to indulge in the return of college football.
It starts Thursday with UTSA at Arizona for a 7 p.m. game. Then on Friday, they have Weber State at Oregon State at 5:45 p.m.
Then there is the Saturday big ticket as a triple-header starting at 11:00 a.m. begins with Portland State at Washington State, followed by Grambling State at Cal with the headlining game of Arkansas State at USC.
To be honest, though millions of dollars will be made of this deal between the two parties, the real winners are the fans that have DirecTV. After three years of holding out, this deal comes at the perfect time. This is going to be a fantastic season in the conference and Pac-12 fans across the nation can now watch as it happens.
Although, I guess we do have to give a big “High 5” to AT&T for making this happen. Thanks to you too.