UCLA Sports Star on New Networks
By Jonathan Okanes
Published Jul 24, 2012 8:00 AM
The new Pac-12 Networks launches Aug. 15 with one national and six regional networks. The inaugural year's schedule includes dozens of UCLA telecasts.
Put down that TV Guide. Log out of those online listings. Quit channel surfing with that remote control.
The new Pac-12 Networks—one national and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12—launches on Wednesday, August 15, and will provide unprecedented coverage of a wide variety of sports across the Pac-12 Conference.
The networks are scheduled to carry every UCLA football and men’s basketball home or conference game not televised through the league’s contracts with ESPN and FOX. In addition, this fall the networks will feature 14 Bruin women’s volleyball matches, 12 men’s soccer games, nine women’s soccer contests and three men’s water polo matches.
“This is groundbreaking stuff,” says former Bruin football head coach and Pac-12 Networks football analyst Rick Neuheisel ‘85. “We’ve all gone out and bragged about our conference, made the claim that we competed against the best. We’ve all planted our conference flag. Having gone to school with so many wonderful athletes myself, it will be neat to know that today’s athletes will get their stories told.”
The networks are the vision of Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, who struck a deal with cable powerhouses Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Bright House to ensure that the networks will be accessible to at least 40 million homes. The conference’s offering will also have a huge digital component, which will allow fans to watch on a variety of devices as long as they subscribe to one of the conference’s contracted video providers. Pac-12 Networks leadership also plans for the content company to have a major presence in mobile and social media.
“The scope and scale of what we’re doing is different than anything else that has ever been done in sports,” Pac-12 Networks President Gary Stevenson says.
While Pac-12 Networks will deliver unprecedented coverage on the field, the conference also plans to use its multiple platforms to showcase its institutions more broadly. “Pac-12 Networks will provide dramatically increased exposure for our universities by featuring interesting content that focuses on the excellence, rich tradition and unique personalities of each school,” Stevenson notes. “This will create learning opportunities for millions of people, recruitment opportunities for our universities and much-deserved exposure for world-class faculties that include Nobel Prize winners and many other leaders in their fields.”
“There are a lot of untold stories out there that our alumni will find fascinating,” Neuheisel concludes. “The games are terrific already, but we can add to them by telling some stories that have been on the shelf for far too long.”
To see if you will be receiving Pac-12 Networks from your television provider, please go to: http://www.uclabruins.com/ot/iwantpac12networks.html