WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–The Pac-12 Networks, along with Pac-12 Conference television partners ESPN and FOX will provide complete coverage of the entire Pac-12 home football schedule during the 2012 season. The Pac-12 Networks will air 35 Pac-12 home games, while ESPN and FOX will combine to televise 45 games from Pac-12 sites, including the Pac-12 Championship Game.
The Pac-12 Networks coverage of Pac-12 football gets underway on Thursday, August 30, with a pair of non-conference games that feature Northern Colorado at Utah, and Northern Arizona at Arizona State.
Pac-12 Networks will air 15 of the 25 Pac-12 home games during the first three weeks of the season. And over the course of the first four weeks of the season, each Pac-12 team will appear at least once on the Pac-12 Networks.
“This is a monumental day for Pac-12 fans and unprecedented exposure for Pac-12 football,” said Commissioner Larry Scott. “Through the Pac-12 Networks, and our partners ESPN and FOX, Pac-12 fans nationally will now be afforded a tremendous opportunity to watch their team in action each week.”
The new television arrangement with ESPN and FOX calls for Pac-12 football to receive full national distribution of each game for the first time in conference history.
ESPN and FOX each will air a pair of games on the opening weekend. In its first year of the new partnership, FOX picked the Colorado vs. Colorado State game on Saturday, September 1, for its first full national broadcast on FX, and will follow up with Hawai’i at USC on FOX. ESPN will air Arkansas State taking on defending Pac-12 champion Oregon, while ESPNU will carry Toledo at Arizona in Wildcat coach Rich Rodriguez’s debut in Tucson.
While television selections for the first three weeks of the 2012 season have been made, all remaining television game selections and start times, starting with week four (Saturday, September 22) and running through the final week of the regular season (Saturday, November 24) will be made 12- or six-days in advance.
Additional road games will be televised as part of other conference television packages. Those conferences will release their 2012 television schedule in the coming weeks. In all, every Pac-12 football game is expected to be televised this season.