Pac-12 Unveils Plans for Massive National and Regional Networks Group

Jul 28, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The former Pacific-10 Conference, now the Pac-12, is forming its own national and regional sports network, reports Deadline.com.

The network, which will include six regional channels along with a national channel, will launch in August 2012, broadcasting basketball, football and other sports involving all 12 schools in the conference.

The six regional channels will represent Oregon, Washington, Northern California, Southern California, Arizona and a mountain region.

The most recent additions to the conference are the University of Utah and the University of Colorado.

ESPN and Fox already have contracts worth $3 billion with the Pac-12, and will split the 350 nationally televised games with the conference. Including the regional channels, the new network plans to televise 850 sports events each year, with the total TV package including all basketball and football games.

The network counts Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks among its partners, with additional platforms expected to sign on. The venture anticipates reaching 40 million U.S. cable customers.

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