Pac 12:  Allow Pac-12 Network Football Games on DirecTV
  • Petitioned All Pac 12 University Presidents

This petition was delivered to:

All Pac 12 University Presidents
Pac 12 Commissioner
Larry Scott

Pac 12: Allow Pac-12 Network Football Games on DirecTV

    1. Petition by

      Al Roman

      San Francisco, CA

Pac12 Networks should make games available immediately on DirecTV.

The Pac12 administrators control network access to most football games and have demanded above market payouts resulting in DirecTV not broadcasting Pac12 Network football games. However, most of the universities in the Pac12 are public institutions and the Pac12 administrators should never use their monopoly control of the games to deny alumni and fans of these institutions their right to watch games due to profit motivations.  Making a reasonable profit helps the universities.  Pursuing record breaking profits, blocking games, and holding fans hostage ultimately hurts the universities.  The Pac 12 is overstepping its mandate with anticompetitive, monopolistic, and hardball tactics that violate the basic philosophy of most of the institutions within the Pac12.  

The actions to-date of the Pac 12 limit the exposure of Pac 12 atheletes.  It lessens the audience for games and therefore exposure for each Pac 12 college.

If the Pac12 Networks wants to make their programming available, it can do so in as little as 72 hours.  We ask that you stop the holdout immediately.

Recent signatures


    1. Scott Refuses to Budge, Instead Spends P12 $'s on Negative DTV Campaign

      Al Roman
      Petition Organizer
      At Stalemate with DirecTV, Pac-12 Launches Campaign for Subscribers to Switch

      With negotiations remaining at a stalemate with DirecTV, the Pac-12 Networks has focused its energies on a new advertising campaign that aims to convince subscribers to the satellite distributor to drop it for an alternative that carries the college sports channels.

    2. Larry Reeled in $3.1 million in 2011 from Pac-12

      Al Roman
      Petition Organizer

      In a conference populated primarily by publicly-funded institutions with budget issues, Larry Scott is getting paid more than any other NCAA conference head, including the head of the Big 10.

      The Pac-12 is already commanding the largest, record breaking broadcast revenue deal in the NCAA (see table below). Yet Larry is still holding firm on anybody unwilling to pay his price, including DirecTV, U-verse, Verizon West, and Charter. Meanwhile, perhaps another year with no Pac-12 football on DTV and another $3M handle comp year for Larry?

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    3. Larry Confirms His Line in the Sand Hasn't Budged

      Al Roman
      Petition Organizer

      He is still just holding his price, not budging, and trying to direct fan anger toward DirecTV. No accountability for Larry, he's just as upset as you are. Hey Larry, you're the commissioner, not an innocent bystander. Quit throwing up your hands and trying to foment anger at DirecTV... and get something done.

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. Pac 12 to Directv - "No Soup For You"

      Al Roman
      Petition Organizer

      Larry Scott modeled franchises like the NFL, NBA and Lakers when he developed his business plan for the Pac 12. Those for-profit franchises may rightfully disallow broadcasts if price targets aren't met. Scott doesn't seem to appreciate that he represents a non-profit educational conference as commissioner of the Pac 12 which carries additional responsibility.

      Scott is not a Pac-12 alumn w/ no real stake in providing reasonable terms and game access to fans. He wants his price or "No Soup For You".

      See his recent comments on this blog.

    6. Reached 25 signatures
    7. Pac 12 Figures Time is On Their Side

      Al Roman
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday Larry the Pac 12 Commissioner discusses how his take it or leave it deal is not being taken by Directv, and appears content to wait-out the impasse expecting Pac 12 fans to begin switching from Directv.

      His leverage for blocking games and believing he will get his demands met? Pac 12 fans and your desire to watch your team play. What will happen if he succeeds in sticking his fees to Directv? Your cable/satellite bill will ultimately go up, more conferences will follow suit, and your bill rises further. Link below.

      Larry Scott on the DirecTV Situation

      Uploaded by sbnralphiereport on 2012-10-12.

    8. Reached 10 signatures
    9. Pac-10 Secures Rich Deals With Fox and ESPN

      Al Roman
      Petition Organizer
      Pac-10 Secures Rich Deals With Fox and ESPN

      The Pacific-10 Conference will start its own network on cable television in 2012, but will also sell most of its marquee football and basketball games to Fox and ESPN for about $3 billion over 12 years, more than quadrupling what the two companies have been paying. It is the richest conference deal.

    10. Pacific-12 schools will see big payday from TV deals

      Al Roman
      Petition Organizer
      Pacific-12 schools will see big payday from TV deals

      The estimate, premised on the SEC continuing without a conference-owned network and again having 15-year deals, would give the SEC more guaranteed TV revenue than any college athletics conference: nearly $25 million a school per year over the full contract term ($5.2 billion total).


    Reasons for signing

      • 10 months ago

      i am alumni from Oregon

    • Mark Christian FLORENCE, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      Best show on TV and we hardly ever get them on our Direct TV

    • Jennifer French FLORENCE, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      Oregon Ducks are number 2 in the nation and fans can't see any of the games if on Pac12 due to Directv's greediness.

    • Robert Scrivner CAVE CREEK, AZ
      • about 1 year ago

      University of Arizona basketball, it appears may be a national power house. Would be a shame to miss a lot of the games

    • Andy Adair SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      It is important to me because I am a Washington State University Alumni. I currently live in San Francisco and rarely get to see my Cougs play. Watching college football is one of my favorite things to do and it helps relieve the stress of the work week. Please allow Pac-12 fans to watch the games on Direct TV.


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