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September 12, 2012

Comprehensive Pac-12 media guide

As many people have found out, it is tough finding out where to find games on television or the internet. It can be frustrating or confusing. Also, there are several questions that seemed like they are constantly asked, and therefore I figured it was best to put all the relevant data in a simplified format that could be understood.

Pac-12 Television Rights

The Pac-12 signed a media deal a year-and-a-half ago with FOX and ESPN for an allotment of football and basketball games. This allotment provides FOX Media Group and ESPN Networks the ability to broadcast Pac-12 football and basketball home games. The remaining home games not broadcast on FOX or ESPN networks will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Pac-12 and its partners have no control over the media rights to away games.

The games will be broken out between FOX and ESPN networks each year as follows:

FOX Media Group: 22 football games / 22 basketball Games

FOX: Required to broadcast at least eight football games, however, they can broadcast more.

FX: Will broadcast the remaining football games, not broadcast on FOX.

FSN: Will televise 22 men's basketball games and will not be allowed to broadcast football games.

ESPN Networks: 22 football Games / 46 basketball Games

ABC: Minimum of two football games.

ESPNU: Can air a maximum of eight football games and 28 basketball games.

ESPN/ESPN2: Can air as many as eight football games on Thursday and Friday nights. The remaining football and basketball games will appear on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Other notes:

  • ESPN will sub-license two basketball games every year to CBS.

  • Pac-12 football championship game will be on a Friday night and will alternate between FOX and ESPN. 2012 will be ESPN and 2013 will be FOX.

  • 2012 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament:

    1st Round - Pac-12 Networks
    2nd Round - Three games on Pac-12 Networks, one game on ESPNU
    Semis - One game on Pac-12 Network, one game on ESPN/ESPN2
    Finals - ESPN (Alternates w/ FOX every year)

  • ESPN will air the women's basketball championship game, and is an Olympic Sports rights holder.

  • First three weeks of the football season and various other "select" football will be chosen by networks during summer, and the remaining will be chosen 12 days before the game. Selection order of the games was not released.

    Online/Smart Devices

    Each game will appear on the corresponding network that has the rights to the game, and no rights can be traded. This is important to keep in mind because no games airing on FOX/FX/FSN will be available online. FOX Media Group currently does not have a online streaming platform, and Pac-12 Networks can not take the streaming right of the game from FOX.

    ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU

    All these games will be available on the WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN App. However, all games will need to be authenticated to view. In other words, you need to have an account that carries those channels on your television in order to view them.

    FOX/FX/FSN

    No online streaming or app.

    Pac-12 Networks

    Online streaming available via video.pac-12.com and PAC-12 Now App. Much like Watch ESPN, the user has to be subscribed to these channels on their television in order to view them online.

    Other notes:

  • Online streaming is often available through various other illegal streaming websites. These can usually be found by searching the internet, however, it is important to note that they are both illegal and could leave your computer susceptible to viruses.

  • The other question most frequently asked is, 'what is the purpose of authentication?' Authentication protects channels such as ESPN and ensures that you stay subscribed to them via your television contract. They are receiving huge right fees from television providers, and if the television providers do not think the consumer wants the channel, they will not carry them or pay them as much.

    Replay of games

    All replays of games will be available through the Pac-12 Networks. Throughout the week, the Pac-12 will do a one hour replay of the game, and often times a full replay as well. It is unclear at this time if there are plans to archive the game on video.pac-12.com Also, whoever originally aired the game can also re-air the game as well. For instance, FOX Media Group aired the Colorado vs. Colorado State game on FX, and later that week replayed the game on FSN.

    Coach's show

    The exclusive coach's show of Jon Embree and Tad Boyle will be aired exclusively on the Pac-12 Networks. There will no longer be the coach's show that was produced by FSN Rocky Mountain/Root Sports RM.

    Radio

    KOA will continue to broadcast all football games home and away. KOA will also broadcast select basketball games, with the remaining games (home or away) being on 760AM.

    Pac-12 Networks carriage agreements

    Brighthouse Networks, Time Warner Cable, COX and Comcast all carry the Pac-12 Network and have it available for online streaming. However, check your local listings as to whether it is available in your area, as these cable companies are not required to show the channel everywhere.

    Dish Network just signed an agreement with the Pac-12. Online streaming and HD should be available soon, however, is not yet available.

    All other providers have not yet signed on and the date to remember is September 19th. If your provider does not have Pac-12 Networks by that date there is a strong possibility it will not be available this year.

    Away games

    All Pac-12 games being on national television is a bit of a misnomer. The actuality is that all Pac-12 home games are available nationally. Some basketball games this year, for instance, against Wyoming and Fresno State may only be available regionally through Root Sports or Altitude due to the fact the Pac-12 does not own rights to those games.

    Helpful links

    The ultimate resource for all things sports media is mattsarzsports.com and @mattsarz. The website aggregates schedules and television and internet listings for every game for football and basketball. Also, maintains a blog which he aggregates and explains many of the television deals.

    FBSchedules.com:

    Maintains all schedules both past, future, and present for football teams.

    The506.com:

    Aggregates television and announcer listings. Also, has a helpful forum for explaining all thing sports media related.

    Cbssports.com:

    Online streaming of CBS Sports is available.


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