From Mercury New and Jon Wilner:
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday that he is optimistic that the conference’s fledgling television networks will sign a carriage agreement with DirecTV prior to the football season.http://blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports/2012/07/24/pac-12-football-news-notes-links-and-commissioner-larry-scott-on-directv-and-other-topics/
DirecTV has approximately 18 million subscribers nationally.
Scott said the source of his optimism is the “caliber of our content’’ – the dozens of football games on the Pac-12 Networks this season, including a bevy of matchups featuring top-ranked teams likeUSCand Oregon.
“Content is king,’’ Scott said.
The seven Pac-12 Networks (one national and six regional) are scheduled to launch Aug. 15. Scott offered no timeframe for an agreement with DirecTV or any other satellite or cable company.
“There’s a lot of anxiety among fans, and I understand,’’ he said. “It matters a lot. The sooner fans know the better. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.”