The highlights, from the PAC-12 media release and published reports:
one national and six regional networks
a partnership with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House
televising 850 events — 350 on the national network — including every football and men’s basketball game not broadcast by national network partners ESPN and Fox
a network for each of the six regions that have two conference schools: Washington, Oregon, Northern and Southern California, Arizona and Mountain
ESPN’s Ted Miller: “All will carry national programming, including 35 football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games and 40 women’s basketball games, as well other events, such as spring football games and every sport played by Pac-12 programs including all conference championships.”
available on expanded basic cable in the conference’s six-state footprint
national network will be seen on digital sports tiers, which require extra fees, in non-Pac 12 states and markets.
expects to add satellite and telephone companies.
includes “TV everywhere” rights, permitting viewing on any digital device, such as smartphones and tablet computers.
Games will also be available in “on demand” features
What does it mean?
It means that Duck fans will be able to see every Duck football game from anywhere in the country, and anywhere in the world where they have web and mobile web access. It means the PAC-12 now has a national footprint, and the most exciting brand of football in the country can be seen, shared, studied and enjoyed around the country.
The Ducks, who are the sexiest team in college football, with speed, a winning tradition, eye-catching uniforms and an entertaining, innovative offense, are the star attraction of this new deal. They are the Showtime Lakers of the new PAC-12, a team to which unaffiliated college football fans and uncommitted great athletes will naturally gravitate. LaMichael James, Cliff Harris, Darron Thomas and Kenjon Barner are simply fun to watch, with a new group of playmakers and star attractions on the horizon like Colt Lyerla, De’Anthony Thomas, Devon Blackmon and Andrew Wallace. Imagine the Greatest Show on Field Turf in 2012 or 2013, with Andre Y and Tyler Johnstone paving the way, and Tacoi Sumler, Blackmon, Josh Huff and B.J. Kelley running four verticals, all cheered on by the Duck, the most entertaining mascot in sports, and the Oregon cheerleaders, simply the most alluring, energetic rally squad on a sideline anywhere.
The Ducks are simply a great media product. Oregon has a dynamic, quotable head coach, terrific player spokesmen in David Paulson, Mark Asper and Terrell Turner. They play in a high-energy stadium in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Duck football will be, among other things, a picture postcard to the rest of the country. Having a blur-fast win-the-day time. Wish you were here.