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Pac-12 Networks deal with DirecTV could be right around the corner

Our long national nightmare could finally, legitimately be over.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
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After three long years, DirecTV subscribers are finally getting the news they've been waiting for: It appears an agreement is finally imminent that would result in Pac-12 Networks being carried nationwide by the satellite giant.

For those who have been following this debacle of a negotiation since the Networks were launched, you surely will be taken aback by how Pac-12 Networks reporter Ashley Adamson characterized the current state of affairs:

Fruitful? Optimistic? Definitely not the words used to describe the talks between the two parties for pretty much the entirety of this mess.

So what's changed? AT&T took over DirecTV recently, and AT&T has been a good partner of the Pac-12 since the networks launched. It made sense logically to think that the acquisition could spark talks that had gone beyond contentious and into outright animosity.

With reports that DirecTV is actually testing Pac-12 Networks on a channel (612 if you're wondering), it appears a deal just might get done before WSU kicks off against Portland State next weekend. For all you DirecTV subscribers, no more hunting for a bar that carries the Cougs.

And for WSU (and all the other conference schools): A boost in revenue.


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