With its 11 national championships, 38 conference titles, and an all-time record of 779-313-53 for a .703 win percentage, the University of Southern California is one of the most storied football schools in the nation. It has had its ups and downs as a program, and the occasional controversy has found its way to Los Angeles a few times, but overall USC is one of the most recognized and followed football programs in the nation.
Arguably one of the most watched college football teams around, we can't help but wonder how thrilled the student body, alumni, and USC staff were when Colorado and Utah joined the conference. Sure, it's only two more teams, but the two newcomers represent the potential for new and existing fans alike to see what the two new schools are all about. This question may get answered starting August 15, 2012 when the new Pac-12 Network launches nationwide.
The Pac-12 Network will consist of seven channels. One will serve as the nationwide broadcast arm of the conference, with six other "regional" groups providing around the clock coverage. The network will initially provide nationwide coverage of Pac-12 sports to more than 40 million homes, including every household in each regional broadcast area.
Included in the regional networks is the Pac-12 Los Angeles channel, which will provide nonstop coverage of every USC and UCLA football games and men's basketball games.
In addition to Pac-12 Los Angeles, the following regional channels will be available as part of the network:
- · Pac-12 Arizona (Arizona State University and University of Arizona)
- · Pac-12 Washington (Washington and Washington State)
- · Pac-12 Oregon (Oregon and Oregon State)
- · Pac-12 Bay Area (Stanford and California)
- · Pac-12 Mountain (Colorado University and the University of Utah)
Fans of the Pac-12 who don't live in any of the regional broadcast areas will finally be able to get their fill of conference sports as the new network will broadcast 24/7. USC, like the rest of the Pac-12, will finally enjoy national exposure of every game, giving sports fans around the country access to one of the most exciting and consistently highest rated teams in the nation.
In a metropolitan area the size of Los Angeles, cable television options are never an issue. However, and like so many other new television networks, there are still some finer points that need to be handled by the Pac-12 Conference, including further deals with some of the largest satellite and cable television networks in the nation. For now, the Pac-12 Network has only reached agreements with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, and Bright House Networks. Absent are the two largest satellite television broadcasters in the nation, Direct TV and DISH Network.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has stated publicly he's "quietly optimistic" the Pac-12 will have deals in place with the two satellite premium home television providers by the fall. The two satellite television providers currently provide services to more than 48 million subscribers.
With the popularity of Pac-12 teams around the country, especially the Trojans of USC, the Pac-12 Network looks poised for certain success. Regardless of how many Pac-12 fans around the nation tune into other games, what's good for the Pac-12 is good for USC, and nationwide coverage on your own network is a good thing.