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Larry Scott launches shots at DirecTV

Larry Scott

DirecTV became the last major hurdle for the SEC Network to clear before it launches next week, and the powers that be at the negotiating table managed to get a deal done with some time to spare. Standing on the sideline wondering where the same will to negotiate can be found is Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. The visionary in charge of expanding the Pac-12 brand has done some great things with the conference since he took over in the position, but a deal with DirecTV continues to elude him and the Pac-12 Network. Ater witnessing the deal come together between DirecTV and the SEC Network, Scott seems to be a bit agitated.

“We’ve been disappointed that DirecTV has been willing to negotiate with ESPN for the SEC Network but not Pac-12,” Scott said in a story by the Los Angeles Times. “It is certainly not consistent with them saying they care about what the consumer wants.”

But wait, there’s more!

“It appears this is an example of DirecTV being willing only to deal with big conglomerates who have muscle and leverage beyond the interest of consumers,” Scott said.

The SEC Network was set up in partnership with ESPN and the Disney Company that owns ESPN. The Pac-12 Network lacks that kind of support and power of course, giving the SEC Network a more likely chance to build up a potential audience reach before launching, unlike with the Pac-12 Network or even the Big Ten Network. The SEC Network is scheduled to launch with an estimated potential customer reach over 90 million.

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11 Responses to “Larry Scott launches shots at DirecTV”
  1. thekatman says: Aug 7, 2014 9:10 PM

    What about striking up a deal with FiOS TV? Thhave been left out of the conversation as well, and provide the best HD quality broadcast to the home…. but then again, when the Pac-12 Network broadcasts in SD for a lot of the broadcasts, I’m very close to moving back to FiOS from Dish TV, and forgoe the Pac-12 Network.

  2. mogogo1 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:18 PM

    Insulting them is sure to get a deal done. This guy truly is a genius.

  3. thekatman says: Aug 8, 2014 1:08 AM

    Mogogo… whatchoo talking bout, fool?

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 8, 2014 2:13 AM

    “It appears this is an example of DirecTV being willing only to deal with big conglomerates who have muscle and leverage beyond the interest of consumers,” Scott said.

    Welcome to the real world, boss.

  5. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 8, 2014 5:51 AM

    Larry Scott, people want to watch the best football conference the SEC, outside of the SEC footprint. It is in the best interest of college football fans that aren’t homers for their regional conference, yes that’s a shot at you Big Ten I mean Little 14.

    Your Pac 12 Network is a very good network too but the SEC has more national appeal. Thank goodness for CBS getting ahead of the curve a while ago in showing the SEC nationally. It’s bad enough I have to be exposed to one Big Ten game. That conference’s games are unwatchable. Just a horrible and boring product.

  6. jdcookconsulting says: Aug 8, 2014 8:53 AM

    Deliver a product more people want and you’ll get your offer. PAC is local, SEC is not.

  7. mbtampa says: Aug 8, 2014 9:13 AM

    He’s biting the hand that feeds him. Most PAC12 games that mean anything already air on ESPN. Then again, Fox Sports Net used to have a nationally telecast PAC12 game of the week, sometimes a double header.

  8. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 8, 2014 10:14 AM

    Pac 12 Network is already on ATT U verse which is a big provider and I’m impressed with the Pac 12 network. I’m sure it will be on DirectTv soon.

  9. rolltide510 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:17 AM

    Putting aside the absolutely hilarious sour grapes, these two networks are apples and oranges.

    The SEC network is an ESPN spinoff that in addition to showing a more impressive slate of games, brings with it the polish that comes with ESPN.

    The PAC12 Network is for women’s volleyball and such. Sure, I’ve watched a couple low-tier football games on it as well, but the production quality is laughable. DTV is well aware what they’re passing on.

  10. coolhorn46 says: Aug 8, 2014 1:48 PM

    Scott knows what it’s gonna take to put the PAC permanently on sound footing with the SEC and B1G, and it doesn’t just involve getting a tv deal done. Whether he’s willing to make that move remains to be seen…but Scott knows what has to happen.

  11. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 8, 2014 2:01 PM

    First of all the PAC-12 is not an east coast centric conference. Moving your games to
    9 am and 11 am kick offs is not going to put butts on the couch on on the sports bar
    stools. Football fans want continuity. The B1G, the ACC and the SEC have that.
    The PAC 12 and the Big 12 don’t have that. As a football Saturday progresses, the SEC and the B1G have better games to show than the Big 12 or the PAC 12. A traditional 730 pm Pacific coast kick off interferes with 1030 pm parties and nightlife on the east coast.

    It’s known as knowing your market.

    The only answer is to have a central time market where you have a chance of competing. Which brings Texas and OU into play. The PAC 12 needs the Texas TV
    markets in order to bring “muscle” to the negotiating table. Texas and OU bring that muscle. Add Kansas and Iowa State, you start to bring in the upper midwest, bringing more muscle to the table. The sticking point is will Texas give up the LHN?
    The answer is no for now since Texas could care less as long as they keep getting $15 million a year for the LHN, screw the rest of the Big 12.

    That is why the SEC welcomed Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC. They more than paid for themselves when the SEC added all the Texas and Saint Louis TV
    markets. It showed ESPN and the Big Mouse it was a marketing powerhouse with

    The SEC has the right Texas school.


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