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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.

Letter to
All Pac 12 University Presidents
Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott
Open Letter to:

Larry Scott
Commissioner
Pac-12 Conference
1350 Treat Blvd., Suite 500
Walnut Creek, CA 94597-8853

As you are aware, the Pac 12 negotiators have demanded above market payouts resulting in DirecTV not broadcasting Pac12 Network football games. The negotiations follow a ground breaking $3 billion license deal for ESPN and FOX. This is occuring during one of the most severe recessions in the history of the U.S. where the western states have been particularly hard hit.

Many 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, students and fans of these institutions their right to watch games to pursue outsized profits. Blocking broadcasted games in favor of record breaking fees is anti-competitive, monopolistic, and violates the basic philosophy of most of the institutions within the Pac12. It also reduces exposure for the athletes and the member universities, and reduces the viewer audience for Pac 12 games.

Please reconsider your recent actions and allow Directv to begin broadcasting games immediately, and modify the Pac 12 "best offer" on licensing as necessary to accomplish.

cc: Pac 12 Member University Presidents
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