Pac-12 reportedly walks away from DirecTV, AT&T deal

Pac-12 Networks may not make it onto DirecTV after all this season.

According to the Bay Area News Groups’ Jon Wilner, the conference has walked away from talks with AT&T — which acquired DirecTV in late June — due to the carrier’s high demands.

AT&T wanted an equity stake in the network, which in turn would have forced the Pac-12 to redo its existing deals at a lower price.

Wilner did not rule out negotiations picking up again in the future.

Pac-12 links: FCC approval of AT&T—DirecTV merger could help Pac-12 Networks

» The FCC announced on Friday that it has approved AT&T’s takeover of DirecTV, a move that could clear the way for the Pac-12 Networks to appear on the satellite provider. The breakdown in negotiations between DirecTV and the Pac-12 has been arguably the biggest blemish on the resume of commissioner Larry Scott.

Bay Area News Group columnist Jon Wilner examined the issue earlier this week.

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