Report: Pac-12 Networks renews push for deal with DirecTV

Aug 13, 2015, 5:25 PM | Updated: 6:51 pm
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If you’re a Sun Devil or a Wildcat with a subscription to DirecTV, it’s time to cross your fingers.

The Pac-12 Networks have renewed discussions with the satellite television provider and hope to reach a deal with DirecTV by the start of the 2015 football season, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Negotiations for DirecTV to carry Pac-12 Networks eventually went silent after the conference television network launched in 2011. As a result, the conference has since lost out on an audience of 4 million subscribers in Nevada, Arizona, Washington, California, Utah, Oregon and Colorado.

But AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, which closed last month, seemed to renew hope a contract could be reached because AT&T and the Pac-12 have ongoing partnerships.

Additionally, a recent letter to the president of Pac-12 Networks and chairman of AT&T sent by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) asked the two parties to re-engage in discussions about a deal.

What does this mean for fans of Pac-12 sports? Let’s look no further than the nonconference television schedules for the ASU and Arizona football teams.

After the Sun Devils open Sept. 5 against Texas A&M on ESPN, they play their next two games on the Pac-12 Networks, on Sept. 12 against Cal Poly and Sept. 18 against New Mexico.

The Wildcats open the year Sept. 3 with a Pac-12 televised game against UTSA and again appear on the network Sept. 19 while hosting NAU.

The conference schedules have yet to be released, but additional games for ASU and Arizona will air on Pac-12 Networks.

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