Two of the University of Oregon’s first three football games of the 2012 season will be televised as part of the newly formed Pac-12 Network, according to Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson.
The formation of the Pac-12 Network, along with new television contracts that go into effect this year with ESPN and FOX, will allow for the telecast of every football game for all Pac-12 Conference schools, with the Pac-12 Network to air 15 games in the first three weeks of the 2012 season, in addition to the California at USC game during Week 4.
Thursday’s joint announcements by the Pac-12 Network and the two national network television partners unveiled the league’s television schedule through the opening three weeks of the season, with the Ducks’ Sept. 1 season opener vs. Arkansas State to be televised by ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. PDT.
Oregon will make its Pac-12 Network debut Sept. 8 when it hosts Fresno State at 3:30 p.m. PDT, followed by its second Pac-12 Network appearance Sept. 15 game vs. Tennessee Tech at noon PDT.
The Ducks’ Sept. 22 conference opener at home against Arizona has been selected to be televised on one of three ESPN affiliates (ABC, ESPN and ESPN2), however the network and start time will not be announced until 12 or six days prior to the game.
The majority of the remainder of the Pac-12 Conference’s TV schedule and game times will not be determined until 12 or six days in advance of games. However it was previously announced that Oregon’s Oct. 18 Thursday night game at Arizona State would be televised on ESPN beginning at 6 p.m. PDT.
The Pac-12 Networks will kick-off its 35-game football schedule with six games during the opening week (August 30-September 1), including two on Thursday, one on Friday and three more on Saturday.
Utah will host the first football game on the Pac-12 Networks when Northern Colorado visits Salt Lake City Thursday, August 30. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. MT. Arizona State will be the second game of an opening night doubleheader when it kicks off against Northern Arizona at 7:30 p.m. PT. Stanford will host San Jose State in a Pac-12 Network game on Friday, Aug. 31. The first week will conclude with the unveiling of Cal’s newly renovated Memorial Stadium Sept. 1 when the Bears host Nevada, followed by home openers at Oregon State (vs. Nicholls State) and Washington (against San Diego State).
Arizona, Cal, Oregon and Stanford each have two Pac-12 Network appearances during the first three weeks of the season, while ASU, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State have one. USC makes its debut on the networks the following week.
The Pac-12 Networks launch August 15 and will consist of one national and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12. In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers will have access to their carrier’s TV Everywhere platform, providing access to all Pac-12 Networks programming on any device through their broadband service.
Pac-12 Network programming will appear on one of four video partners (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Bright House Networks), and will be tailored to specific regions within the geographic footprint of the conference. The Pac-12 Networks channel will include nationally televised live events as well as events targeted to your region.
Discussions remain ongoing with many other cable, telco, and
satellite distributors who are interested in carrying Pac-12 Networks.
Fans can learn more about the Pac-12 Networks by watching this video http://on.pac-12.org/LS1ALo, and can see if they will get Pac-12 Networks from your TV provider by visiting the Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder http://on.pac-12.org/LCGkvG.
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