Posted: 4:22 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
By Avinash Kunnath
The Pac-12 and U-Verse have yet to officially agree on anything, but Jon Wilner remains insistent that a deal is in place, it just needs to be signed.
This is not another DirecTV situation, where the two sides were on course for a deal and then got derailed.
As I reported this spring, the Pac12Nets and AT&T; have agreed on the framework of a deal. That was accurate then and remains accurate today.
The delay is in the details. It’s a wide-ranging partnership and a complicated arrangement. My understanding is that the carriage component is done — and has been done for some time. That would seem to indicate there’s a holdup somewhere else.
Will all the Ts get crossed in the next 12-24 hours? Or in the next week? (Again, DISH signed on in time for the Week 2 games last year.)
The Pac-12 had better hope so.
A lot is at stake for the Pac-12 if they manage to ink a deal with U-Verse.
The Pac-12 Networks could really use this boost going into Year 2 and take all the heat off their inability to negotiate a deal with DirecTV. Will it take an extra week like it did with DISH? Will it take a few weeks like with conference season? Or is a deal coming in the next 12 hours?
We shall see.