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  • Local Pac-12 fans left in limbo during TV fight

  • The Pac-12 Networks will bring all the Pac-12 Conference's football games into the living rooms of an estimated 40 million homes this season.
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  • The Pac-12 Networks will bring all the Pac-12 Conference's football games into the living rooms of an estimated 40 million homes this season.
    Just not in Southern Oregon. At least not yet.
    A television deal has yet to be reached between the Pac-12 Networks and Southern Oregon's primary television providers, Charter Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network.
    Fans will have to play the waiting game until the season kicks off on Aug. 30.
    "It is a problem for the Southern Oregon region and it's a priority that it get worked on and remedied," said Dave Williford, executive assistant athletic director at the University of Oregon.
    A deal has been struck with four cable outlets, including Time Warner, Cox, Bright House and Comcast, the only cable carrier in Oregon to reach a deal so far.
    "Charter is in active discussions with the Pac-12, but has not reached agreeable terms," said Kevin Allen, spokesman for Charter Communications.
    The Pac-12 Networks, which officially hits the airwaves on Aug. 15, will consist of one national and six regional networks. The regions include Oregon, Northern California, Southern California, Washington, Arizona and Mountain, which covers Colorado and Utah.
    Last year, the Pac-12 Conference also reached a deal with Fox and ESPN to air football games. Fox will show games on its broadcast network, its cable network FX and on FoxSports Net regional networks. ESPN will air its games on cable as well as ABC.
    This year, the Pac-12 Networks will air 350 conference events combined on the seven channels, including 35 football games and nearly 135 men's basketball games. Each of the six regional networks will have an additional 100 events.
    The Oregon Ducks begin their football season with a home game at 7:30 p.m. against Arkansas State on Sept. 1. Earlier in the day, Oregon State kicks off its season against Nicholls State at noon in Corvallis.
    Those games will air on the Pac-12 Networks Oregon region channel.
    Whether Southern Oregonians have the opportunity or not to watch those televised games may be determined in the final moments.
    "It's not unusual that this would go down to the 11th hour," said Williford of the television negotiations. "When the Big Ten started (the Big Ten Network) they had no carriers up until about a week before the season started.
    "We're hoping something gets done very soon. The Southern Oregon region is very important to us."
    Reach reporter Kevin Goff at 541-776-4483, or email kgoff@mailtribune.com
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