Pac-12 launches “Pac-12 Network” across nation

By Cameron Moon

Arizona Daily Wildcat, U. Arizona via UWIRE

The Pac-12 Conference will officially launch the Pac-12 Network Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will feature one national and six regional networks.

In the Tucson area, the national and Arizona specific Pac-12 Networks are available thus far for customers of Cox and Comcast. Outside of Tucson, Western Broadband and Orbitel Communications will carry the network.

“We’d like to have every distributor out there; and that’s our goal,“Gary Stevenson, the head of Pac-12 enterprises, said in a conference call. “We’ve had very good conversations with the other distributors in trying to find a business deal that works for them and us.”

As far as preliminary programming, at 6 p.m., “Pac-12 Live” will be shown to a national audience and will preview the conference as a whole and recap Pac-12 athlete standouts of the recent London Olympiad.

Glenn Parker, an Arizona alum is a part of the on-air talent that will anchor “Pac-12 Live.”

At 7 p.m., the Conference Live football preview, which will discuss every Pac-12 team, will be shown, followed by a re-air of last season’s inaugural Pac-12 conference championship bout between Oregon and UCLA.

For Arizona fans, a 30-minute Wildcats football preview will be shown on August 19 at 7 p.m.

“This is a very good contract for the Pac 12 and how it benefits the University of Arizona,” Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said. “We have a stage that we need to try and take advantage of and highlight what our strengths are.”

Approximately 350 of a total 850 events televised by the network will be live.

The Arizona football program will be on the network twice this season- the first on September 8 against Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m. and September 15 against South Carolina State at 7:30 p.m.

In the past, the start times of west coast games were shown too late in different regions of the country, but Stevenson sees the network as an opportunity to eliminate that and showcase what the conference has to offer nationally.

“You’re not going to see crazy, 9 p.m. starting times,” Stevenson said.

The conference expects to launch a digital network that will be compatible with computers as well as mobile devices such as tablets and cellular phones “within 90 days of launch,” with the official conference website, Pac-12.com launching at the same time as the television network.

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