What the Pac-10’s historic television deal means for women’s basketball in the soon-to-be 12-team conference is still being unveiled. If anything like the Big Ten, aside from the Pac-12 owning sole rights, women’s basketball fans should rejoice in the fact that majority of the conference’s games could be aired on the new network.
Of course, this will come at a price in a bump in your cable bill. And sole ownership could add difficulties in terms of getting wide distributions on cable and satellite systems, according to reports. Still it allows the conference to have complete control of its content and keep all the profits if the network is as successful as the Big Ten.
The conference will also launch a digital network to show games online that aren’t on ESPN or Fox, according to media reports. And big matchups should still garner national exposure on the headlining channels.
Last season, outside of highlight matchups, you could watch the Huskies’ women’s basketball away games via your computer, if the host school offered a feed. UW-TV and Comcast on Demand also carried home home games. The conference tournament early rounds were on the web. But between buffering and viewing fees, it wasn’t always a satisfying experience.
The future will be made clearer Wednesday morning when commissioner Larry Scott holds his media conference to officially announce the deal. You can watch via Pac10.org beginning at 8 a.m.