No DirecTV/Pac-12 deal this year, says Scott

WELL HOW ABOUT that. More than a month out from the start of the college football season, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott eliminated any drama on DirecTV Watch 2013 for fans of Pac-12 teams. There will be no deal with DirecTV this year, said Scott, and he urged fans to dump DirecTV and go with one of the many providers that carry the Pac-12 Networks.

Last year, the Cougs played half their schedule -- 6 games -- on the Pac-12 Networks. A similar number is expected this season. Five WSU games have been scheduled for broadcast as part of the conference's early TV picks -- one is on the Pac-12 Nets, four are on other networks and the remaining seven games will be locked in during the season, when it is likely the Pac-12 Networks will pick several of those WSU contests. Just like last season, all Cougar football games will be televised.

By the time Scott finished his remarks, the Pac-12 official site already had put up a clickable advertisement, imploring fans: "Don't miss out. Drop DirecTV."

Scott said the Pac-12 offered a new deal last week to DirecTV that was "fundamentally the same" as the one they have with 50-plus other distributors. But the two sides, Scott said, remain as far apart as they were last year.

"I urge our fans to drop Direct TV," said Scott.

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    Here are some reactions from the twitter universe on DirecTV viewers being frozen out of the Pac-12 Networks for the second year in a row :

    Pac-12 head Larry Scott "urges" fans to "drop DirecTV" deal coming this season.
    - Bruce Feldman ?@BFeldmanCBS

    #pac12 commish Larry Scott comes out swinging at media day, urging fans to drop #directv since there's still no deal.
    -jill painter (@jillpainter)

    Larry Scott: "@Pac12Networks will increase from 550 events last year to 750 events this year."
    — Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks)

    Larry Scott says as recently as last week they discussed a deal with DirecTV. Says they are no closer than last football season.
    — Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas)

    "I urge our fans to drop DirecTV and switch to those who have it..." said Scott.
    — Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman)

    My thought on DirecTV: If it didn't want Pac12Nets last yr, when USC was preseason No. 1, not going to take it w/ biggest draw out of polls
    — Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline)

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