Pac-12 announces 11 a.m. TV window for football to reduce night kickoffs

The Pac-12 announced Sunday that it will introduce an 11 a.m. PT television window to reduce the number of night games that conference teams play this upcoming football season.

The morning kickoffs will replace an evening time slot on Pac-12 Networks, though exactly how many there are will be determined as the season progresses.

“This is a positive step for Pac-12 fans across the Conference,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “There has been an adjustment over the last two years with our new television agreement, and we believe fans — both in our stadiums and in the television audience — will benefit.”

The change is a move away from Scott’s stance last season, when he repeatedly defended the league’s frequent late starts by deferring to TV numbers. Continue reading

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UCLA to be featured on second season of Pac-12 Network’s ‘The Drive’

The UCLA football team will be featured on the second season of “The Drive,” the Pac-12 Networks announced today at L.A. Live.

Cameras will follow the Bruins through the 2014 season in the behind-the-scenes documentary series that will debut on September — similar to HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Arizona State and Cal were filmed in the series debut last fall.

Asked last week about the possibility of UCLA being featured on the show, head coach Jim Mora didn’t sound enthused — though he said Monday that the Pac-12 assuaged many of his concerns, and gave him complete editorial control over the content. Continue reading

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Pac-12 Networks reaches deal with AT&T

Pac-12 Networks have reached a deal with AT&T, the conference announced Saturday morning. AT&T U-verse will carry three of the network’s channels, giving subscribers access to the 700-plus remaining event on the 2013-14 schedule — including 31 football games.

AT&T will provide the Pac-12 with wireless services and receive marketing rights at all athletic events. Continue reading

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