Be not afeard, the Pac-12 Networks reached a deal with DISH late Friday night. So, for those fans waiting for a deal to be struck with a satellite provider, it's here. DirecTV subscribers continue to wonder when they might get aboard, as well.
The Pac-12 Networks' deal with DISH went into effect for today's games, and DISH subscribers get the full slate of Pac-12 games as a limited-time free preview, with games being shown on channels 413, 445 and 446. Six games will be shown on the networks today.
From the release:
The agreement allows DISH subscribers to enjoy the hundreds of live sporting events, including 35 football games, more than 140 men’s basketball games, and hundreds of national championship caliber Olympic sporting events this season on Pac-12 Networks. Included in the lineup of football games will be multiple appearances by No.2 USC, No. 4 Oregon and No. 25 Stanford.
Theoretically, the move may encourage DirecTV to work harder toward a deal, so as not to be outpaced by its competitor. While the deal with DISH in no way precludes a deal with DirecTV, DISH does own certain sponsorship rights, including signange on Pac-12 campuses.
— Bill Oram