Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are negotiations over between Pac-12 Networks and DirecTV?
A: Unfortunately, our negotiations have reached an impasse and it has become clear to us that DirecTV is not going to carry Pac-12 Networks. We have negotiated in good faith and offered a fair deal that is consistent with the terms already agreed to by more than 50 cable companies, including three of the four largest in the country. You fans have been patient, but now need to switch if you don’t want to miss any Pac-12 games.
Q: What are the actual terms of the proposal to DirecTV?
A: More than 50 cable and satellite providers – ranging from the smallest to the biggest – have agreed to the same fundamental deal that we've offered DirecTV, so it is fair to say that the marketplace has already set the terms. Those distributors found it fair and a good value for their customers. So should DirecTV.
Q: Why won’t you accept DirecTV’s request to let them offer Pac-12 Networks to only those who want to pay for it?
A: DirecTV doesn’t offer any of its other sports networks in this manner, and we'd ask DirecTV why it wants to impose different terms on Pac-12 fans than on fans of the Big Ten Network or other regional sports networks in its line-up. Pac-12 Networks has secured a similar deal to the one it is offering DirecTV with more than 50 providers, and our fans deserve to see their games.
Here's a list of the 50 sports networks that DirecTV offers to all its customers:
beIN Sport, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Fox Deportes, Fox Soccer, Fox Soccer Plus, GOL TV, Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, NHL Network, Outdoor Channel, Speed, Tennis Channel, The Sportsman Channel, TVG Network, Universal Sports Network, Altitude; CSN (Bay Area, California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic, SportSouth, SNY); FSN (AZ, OH, Detroit, FL, MW, North, OH, Prime Ticket, South, SW, West, Sun Sports); Root Sports (Northwest, Pittsburgh, Rocky Mtn); MSG, MASN, NESN; YES
Q: Is this just a question of Pac-12 wanting too much money?
A: No. Pac-12 Networks is a first-of-its-kind initiative – a media enterprise built to serve and owned by our 12 member institutions. This effort is all about raising our schools' profile, putting a spotlight on our student-athletes, celebrating achievements on and off the field, and supporting our academic missions. Our institutions gave us a clear mandate to bring our product to market responsibly, which is exactly what we are doing.