Tweet Congresswoman Judy Chu
Jeff Kessler, an attorney who helped bring free agency to the National Football League, is about to focus on the unpaid athletes who generate more than $16 billion in college sports television contracts.
Commissioner Larry Scott says the conference gets more attention with games at night because of less competition.
The Pac12 Networks have two contracts with AT&T: a distribution deal with U-verse and sponsorship/infrastructure deal.
AT&T will carry 3 of the Pac-12 networks and become the exclusive wireless sponsor for the Pac-12.
There appears to be little hope an agreement will be reached anytime soon for DirecTV to carry Pac-12 Networks.
“I urge our fans that are intent on not missing their team’s games this fall to drop DirecTV and switch to one of the many providers that have it,” Scott told a group of reporters last Friday during the annual conference football dog-and-pony show in Culver City. “All of our coaches and athletic directors that previously had DirecTV have now switched to a provider that has it and they are urging their fans to do the same.”
The conference’s 12 presidents signed and delivered a letter dated July 10 urging the NCAA’s Executive Committee to “engage in further, careful consideration” about allowing for-profit universities to become Division I members at the committee’s August meeting. In the meantime, Pac-12 presidents decided at a league meeting last month not to schedule future contests against Grand Canyon while the issue is under consideration.