The Pac-12 announced tonight it has reached an agreement with DISH that begins with games on Saturday. Here is the press release:
DISH and Pac-12 Networks announced today that they have entered into a multi-year agreement making DISH the only satellite provider to offer the sports programming that includes conference football and basketball games. DISH customers will have access to Pac-12 football games starting this weekend.
The agreement allows DISH subscribers to enjoy the hundreds of live sporting events, including 35 football games, more than 140 men’s basketball games, and hundreds of national championship caliber Olympic sporting events this season on Pac-12 Networks. Included in the lineup of football games will be multiple appearances by No.2 USC, No. 4 Oregon and No. 25 Stanford.
The new agreement also provides DISH with exclusive category sponsorship for Pac-12 athletic programs. The sponsorship includes stadium signage and logo rights with each of the member schools including:
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Oregon
Oregon State University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California
University of Utah
University of Washington
Washington State University
“DISH is delighted to offer our customers more than 800 sporting events available on Pac-12 Networks each year, while giving them a great value,” said Dave Shull, DISH senior vice president of programming. “This is a great partnership with the Pac-12 that goes beyond the TV screen to the campuses in the form of an exclusive sponsorship to support the programs and the students.”
DISH is offering Pac-12 Networks as a free preview for a limited time to all DISH customers. Games are available starting this weekend, including the following:
Sacramento State at Colorado, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 445
Eastern Washington at Washington State, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 446
Southern Utah at California, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
Fresno State at No. 4 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
Duke at No. 25 Stanford, 7:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 445
“DISH wanted to deliver Pac-12 Networks to its customers and our fans will benefit,” said Gary Stevenson, President of Pac-12 Enterprises. “DISH’s line-up and ability to offer Pac-12 fans nationwide access to an unprecedented number of live quality sporting events make this a huge day for DISH customers and Pac-12 fans.”
DISH customers will have login access to stream all Pac-12 Networks content and additional sporting events through Pac-12 Now in the coming weeks.
“As a leader in TV Everywhere technology and providing customers the ability to watch live programming on the go, DISH is a great partner for Pac-12 Networks as we build out our digital and TV Everywhere capabilities that ensure fans can access our content when and wherever they choose,” concluded Stevenson.
Pac-12 Networks is available to all DISH customers as a free preview for a limited time. It is included in America’s Top 120+ package and above for customers in Pac-12 territory (which includes the six states with Pac-12 schools) and available nationwide in the Multi-Sport Pack for $9 per month.”
UPDATE — The Pac-12 has since clarified this deal DOES NOT preclude a deal with DirecTV.