Aug. 29, 2012
The Pac-12 Networks has finalized its men's basketball television schedule for the 2012-2013 season and will feature 150 live games across its collection of seven networks, including 142 regular season games and eight Pac-12 Tournament games, it was announced today.
The unprecedented amount of exposure means that each school will be featured at least 11 times during the season and guarantees that every Pac-12 home game will be televised for the first time in Conference history.
"This is a significant milestone for all of the Pac-12 programs and our fans," Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson said. "Last year there were more than 90 Pac-12 basketball games that were not on television and we are thrilled to be able to change that and deliver all of that great live content to our fans."
With UCLA and Arizona bringing in top rated recruiting classes and several prominent starters returning from all 12 schools, including Allen Crabbe (California), Solomon Hill (Arizona), Brock Motum (Washington State) and Andre Roberson (Colorado), the race for the Pac-12 title figures to come down to the wire, as it did a year ago. The Pac-12 featured seven teams with 20-or-more wins and seven others with 10-or-more conference wins. Washington edged Cal for the regular season title before Colorado claimed the Pac-12 Tournament title in dramatic fashion.
The Pac-12 Networks basketball schedule begins Friday, November 9 and over that first weekend will feature home openers for 11 Pac-12 teams. The networks will open the Conference season the first week in January with Utah at Arizona State, Stanford at UCLA, Utah at Arizona and Colorado at Arizona State.
The Pac-12 Networks initial basketball schedule is also highlighted by the addition of two-time NBA & NCAA Champion and Pac-12 basketball legend Bill Walton providing color analysis to select games on the Networks.
"We are extremely honored to have Bill Walton lend his knowledge of the game as an analyst for the Pac-12 Networks," Stevenson said. "Bill's legendary playing career has made his name synonymous with UCLA and the Pac-12's basketball tradition and his unique style and engaging personality has had the same effect in the sports broadcasting arena. We are excited to have him on board."
Walton, who earned Naismith College Player of the Year and NCAA First Team All-American honors three times over playing for legendary head coach John Wooden at UCLA, makes his return to broadcasting this season, covering college basketball as an analyst for Pac-12 Networks and ESPN following a two-year hiatus. Previously, Walton spent 21 years providing commentary on the NBA, NCAA Final Four and Olympics basketball games for a variety of networks including ABC/ESPN, NBC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC and Turner Sports.
"I'm thrilled, privileged, honored and humbled for the opportunity to be a part of the special team that is being assembled as part of the new Pac-12 Multimedia Networks," Walton said. "The Pac-12 Networks brings together all that I live for-- education, sports, teamwork, business, technology, entertainment and the chance to help others build their lives."
Walton continues, "Commissioner Larry Scott is a vibrant, dynamic, visionary leader who stands alone at the top of our world. He is a huge reason why I am here. I make my choices in life based on purpose and people---and that is why I am so excited about what we have at the Pac-12 Networks. Pride and loyalty are the driving emotions in my life and what could be better than what we have here. The West is The Best. Tradition. Environment. Demographics: We have it all!! Let's go to college!!! Let's play ball!!! Let's chase our dreams!!! Here we go!!!"
As a center for UCLA from 1970-1974, Walton was a key player in UCLA's dominance across the college basketball landscape in the 1970s. During his three years as a member of the Bruins' varsity team, UCLA won back-to-back National Championships in 1972 and 1973 and set a NCAA men's basketball record of 88 consecutive wins. Walton followed up with an equally successful professional playing career as the number one overall selection of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. He led the franchise to its first NBA title just four years later in 1977 and was named Finals MVP. In just five seasons in Portland, Walton earned several accolades including NBA All-Star selection in 1976 and 1977 and the league's Most Valuable Player in 1978.
The complete 2012 Pac-12 Networks men's basketball televised schedule can be downloaded with the link at the top of the page.
About Pac-12 Networks Launched August 15, 2012, the Pac-12 Networks are full-time native HD linear networks available to video programming operators, dedicated solely to the Pac-12. It will consist of a national network and six regional feeds that will televise hundreds of live sporting events annually and provide 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities. In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers will have access to their carrier's TV Everywhere platform, providing access to all Pac-12 Networks programming on any device through their broadband service. Fans can find out if they can get Pac-12 Networks by visiting www.Pac-12.com or by contacting their television provider. Pac-12 Digital encompasses the digital network, mobile, the university websites, social media and innovative digital initiatives across the company.
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