What a night
The Pac-12 Networks are on the air, beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific time tonight with "Pac-12 Live."
The one-hour special welcoming viewers to the network was a resounding success, and was met with jubilation for those present at the Pac-12 Enterprises headquarters in San Francisco.
With about 15 minutes to go before launch, staff and invited guests crowded into the headquarters' lobby and heard comments from play-by-play man Ted Robinson, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee, Pac-12 Enterprises president Gary Stevenson and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.
Earlier in the day, pac-12.com launched as well, providing fans with a thorough and expansive digital kingdom for the networks.
Scott was the last to speak before the networks launched. He stood at a podium with a large monitor with a countdown clock behind him. With about 90 seconds to go, he stopped himself and looked behind him to check the time. "I want to make sure I launch these networks on time," he said.
The entire room helped Scott count down the final 10 seconds, and when Pac-12 Live started on the monitors in the room, the crowd erupted. Hugs, high-fives and fist-bumps abounded as so many people who contributed to the launch exalted.
When Pac-12 Live wrapped up, pictures were taken in the studio with on-air and off-air talent. "This team is destined for greatness," football analyst Rick Neuheisel belted out while waiting for the next camera to click.
Finally, about a half-hour after the completion of Pac-12 Live, everyone present crowded into the lobby again for a toast. "At the end of every staff meeting, I say we have a chance to be great. Let's go be great," Stevenson said.
And here's a video of San Francisco mayor Ed Lee offering his congratulations, plus a shout out to his alma mater: