ESPN released their Pac-12 basketball schedule today as the conference is set to have a larger presence on the WWL's family of networks in 2012. There will be 38 conference games televised on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU as part of the Pac-12's new television deal.
Washington State will appear just once as part of this deal, in the conference opener against UW. That game will be televised by ESPNU on January 5. This will be the Cougars' third appearance on the network for the season. The others are the annual match-up against Gonzaga and the second game of the CBE Classic.
WSU will also appear on ESPN2 when they face Kansas in their first CBE Classic contest.
Stanford will make the most appearances with 10. Arizona and UW tie for second with nine. WSU's single showing is last, with Utah the next lowest at three.
It's a shame that the ESPN won't get to feature one of the conference's premier players, Brock Motum, in his senior year. This is the life of being located in the smallest television market in the conference.
All other games on WSU's official schedule are listed for the Pac-12 networks at the moment. That may change as the season nears, but for now DirectTV subscribers have ever more reason to sweat out the Pac-12 contract negotiations.
Overall, this is excellent for the Pac-12 as a whole. More exposure on networks that sports fans typically watch and come on basic cable (at least for ESPN and ESPN2). Of course, if the basketball is as bad as it was last year, then maybe we'll be changing our mind on that last point come next March.
For the complete Pac-12 ESPN schedule, go here.