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Pac-12 announces plans for TV network

Pacific-12 Conference network?

Lots of them.

Conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Wednesday at a New York City press conference that the Pac-12 has partnered with four cable-television providers – Bright House, Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable – to broadcast up to 850 regional and national sporting events starting in 2012.

Washington will be one of the six regional channels. The others are Oregon, Northern California, Southern California, Arizona and Mountain.

This comes on the heels of the league signing a multi-year contract (worth approximately $3 billion) with ESPN and Fox Network to televise its national-profile games, including the inaugural Pac-12 championship football matchup in December.

Every football and men’s basketball will be televised, said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. The programming will begin in August 2012. Scott said the programming will not immediately be available on DirecTV, DISH or other satellite television providers.

Here is the full release from the Pac-12:

NEW YORK –In an innovative arrangement providing unprecedented exposure for its athletic and academic programs, the Pac-12 Conference announced today the creation of Pac-12 Networks, which will include a national network and six regional networks, in conjunction with four of the nation’s largest cable operators: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks.

In addition to broadly distributing the Pac-12 Networks, the four cable operators are utilizing iN DEMAND to provide certain production and operations services to the Pac-12 Networks, which will continue to be wholly owned by the Pac-12 Conference.
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