6. Pac-12 Networks
Oregon and Oregon State football fans were infuriated through the fall as the inaugural Pac-12 Networks and major television providers failed to come to contract terms, leaving much of Southern Oregon blacked out as their favorite teams enjoyed wildly successful seasons.
The Pac-12 Networks, which debuted in mid-August, were not picked up by Charter cable or DirecTV, sparking angry missives from viewers and social media campaigns to get deals done. The Pac-12 Networks became available on DISH Network in early September and were also carried on Ashland Home Network.
Pac-12 officials pointed out that satellite company DirecTV — the only top-five provider in the nation without a deal with the conference — and Charter deemed contract terms unfair even though many others had signed on. The TV providers claimed the conference refused to consider distribution and pricing options that would allow an accord.