SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 9, 2012 – In a little over a year since the groundbreaking announcement was made July 27, 2011, Pac-12 Networks, the new multiplatform media home of the Pac-12 Conference, is ready to kick off its inaugural season tomorrow, Wednesday, August 15 at 6:00 PM PT, offering teams unprecedented reach and exposure to their fans across the nation. Through the innovative collection of one national network and six regional networks, Pac-12 Networks will provide more live event coverage than ever before from the nationally-acclaimed student-athletes and sport programs that have combined for a nation-leading 451 NCAA Championships.
"With the Pac-12 Conference being home to 451 national championship titles, there is no doubt that Pac-12 Networks’ viewers will be treated to incredibly compelling programming," said Lydia Murphy-Stephans, Pac-12 Networks Executive Vice President & General Manager. "Our production and programming staff have been hard at work over the past several months to develop a schedule that will be engaging to fans, and equitable across the Conference’s sport programs and teams. It’s a thrill to see the final product come to life."
At 6:00 PM PT Wednesday, Pac-12 Live sets the stage for viewers, offering the first glimpse of Pac-12 Networks. Co-hosts Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson unveil the impressive San Francisco studio that will be the launch-pad for all Pac-12 Networks live events and lay out the plans for the unprecedented live event coverage that showcases why the Pac-12 is "The Conference of Champions." Pac-12 Live will also be the network debut for football analysts Ronnie Lott, Rick Neuheisel, Curtis Conway and Glenn Parker who will preview the upcoming season, while contributor Summer Sanders sits down with Pac-12 standouts fresh off their performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Viewers will also learn the ins and outs of the six regional and one national network, as well as take a look back at the 2011 season before looking ahead to 2012.
Follow the jump to check out the elements viewers can expect to see in Pac-12 Networks debut fall season:
Live Pac-12 Conference events will be the core component of programming seen across all seven channels. The action begins Friday, August 17 at 7:00 PM PT with the 2011 NCAA women’s soccer champion Stanford Cardinal hosting Santa Clara.
Headlined by 35 live football matchups beginning Thursday, August 30, Pac-12 Networks fall event schedule is made up of over 220 telecasts featuring football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, field hockey, men’s water polo and the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships, providing an incredible increase in television exposure compared to prior years.
Dynamic On-Air Talent
Pac-12 Networks has assembled a team of on-air personalities that represents the incredible depth of talented alumni produced by the conference while also developing unique voice that is distinct to the brand. Among the confirmed on-air talent are:
Ashley Adamson, studio host & anchor
Adam Archuleta, analyst
Kevin Calabro, game announcer
Curtis Conway, analyst
Dave Flemming, game announcer
Ronnie Lott, analyst
Ryan Nece, sideline reporter/analyst
Rick Neuheisel, analyst
Brooke Olzendam, sideline reporter
Glenn Parker, analyst
Ted Robinson, game announcer
Yogi Roth, sideline reporter/analyst
Summer Sanders, features contributor
Mike Yam, studio host & anchor
Additional personalities leading Pac-12 Networks Olympic sports coverage will be announced in the next few days.
Pac-12 Football Previews
Air date: Premieres Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 PM PT with a one-hour conference-wide outlook and 12 30-minute school-specific shows:
- August 15 at 7:00 PM PT – Pac-12 Conference Outlook
- August 16 at 8:00 PM PT – Oregon
- August 18 at 7:00 PM PT – Colorado
- August 18 at 9:30 PM PT – Utah
- August 19 at 7:00 PM PT – Arizona
- August 19 at 9:30 PM PT – Arizona State
- August 20 at 8:00 PM PT – Washington State
- August 21 at 8:00 PM PT – Washington
- August 22 at 8:00 PM PT – Oregon State
- August 23 at 8:00 PM PT – Stanford
- August 25 at 5:00 PM PT – UCLA
- August 25 at 7:30 PM PT – California
- August 26 at 7:30 PM PT – USC
Description: There’s no doubt the 2012 Pac-12 Football season is set to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. With USC as the conference’s preseason #1 pick by the media, a handful of new coaches at UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona and Washington State, the Pac-12 is poised for another explosive year. The previews will roll out in 13 episodes – a 60-minute conference-wide comprehensive look at the upcoming football season and 12, 30-minute school specific previews. Each installment will feature interviews from key players and coaches for a comprehensive outlook highlighting the biggest games and key names to watch.
Olympics Sports Previews
Air date: Premieres Thursday, August 16 at 7:00 PM PT with women’s volleyball. Other sports previews will air as follows:
- August 16 at 7:30 PM PT – Women’s soccer
- August 20 at 5:30 PM PT – Men’s soccer
- August 21 at 5:30 PM PT – Men’s water polo
- August 22 at 5:30 PM PT – Cross country
- August 23 at 5:30 PM PT – Field hockey
Description: In 2012 the eyes of the world are on the summer Olympics and the Pac-12 is well represented on Team USA. This fall, those athletes return to their home turf and Pac-12 Networks has all the action. We’ll preview each Pac-12 Olympic sport, with six individual 30-minute specials covering men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo, field hockey and cross country that take an in-depth look at the upcoming season and highlight stories and features from every Pac-12 school.
Pac-12 Football Encore
Air date: Premieres Wednesday, August 15 at 8:30 PM PT with encore of 2011 Pac-12 Championship game. Countdown of the top 10 games of 2011 airs August 17-27 with one game per day; Regular schedule of two games per week begins Monday, September 3.
Description: Catch some of the best the Pac-12 has to offer as the network replays some of the top games from the 2011 and 2012 seasons. We’ll start by counting down the top 10 games from the 2011 season, leading up to this year’s kickoff. Then, as action gets under way for the 2012 season, we’ll replay two of the best games each week.
Conference of Champions
Air date: Premieres Wednesday, August 15 at 8:00 PM PT with a new episode airing each month of the year.
Talent: Episode #1 hosted by Ashley Adamson
Description: The Pac-12 Conference is widely known as being a champion on the field, leading all other conferences in championships with 451 titles to date. Not as widely publicized, however, are the champions in life that have graced the campuses of our schools. Conference of Champions showcases the success that current and former Pac-12 students, alumni and faculty have had both on and off the field. Each 30-minute show will feature 2-3 individuals aligned under a common theme. The August 15 series premiere focuses on a trio of the conferences number one overall NFL draft picks – Drew Bledsoe, Andrew Luck and Alex Smith.
Air date: Premieres Thursday, August 16 at 8:30 PM PT with regular installments featuring each Pac-12 school airing throughout the week.
Description: Sporting events live on long after the clock clicks to zero. Some games remain in the psyche. They become the thing of legend, the source of bragging rights, or the big lingering "what if…". Pac-12 Classics relives those legendary contests – some of the most memorable games in the Pac-12 illustrious history, broadcast with their original play-by-play and enhanced with new interviews and sound bites from the players, coaches and historians who lived it.
Pac-12 Football Pregame Show
Air date: Premieres Thursday, August 30 with a regular airtime one hour before every Pac-12 football game day.
Talent: Hosted by Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson with analysis from Rick Neuheisel and Curtis Conway
Description: There’s nothing better than a football Saturday in the West and every game day, Pac-12 Networks will get you fired up for the action with our comprehensive pre-game show. Get the low down on all the Pac-12 news leading up to the slate of Saturday games. Hosted by Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson with in-studio analysis from Rick Neuheisel and Curtis Conway, the Pac-12 Football Pregame Show checks in with our reporters at each Pac-12 game site, providing scores and highlights from the week’s earlier matchups, plus the latest injury updates, weather reports and features and previews of the day’s conference matchups to set the stage for an action-packed day of Pac-12 football.
Pac-12 Football Postgame Report
Air date: Premieres Thursday, August 30 with a regular airtime immediately following each Pac-12 Networks football game telecast.
Talent: Hosted by Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson with analysis from Rick Neuheisel and Curtis Conway
Description: Immediately following the game, Rick Neuheisel and Curtis Conway join Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson on the Pac-12 Postgame Report to deliver viewers all the best highlights, news, interviews and analysis of the day from across the Pac-12 conference.
Pac-12 Football Rewind
Air date: Premieres Sunday, September 2nd at 9:00 PM PT with a regular airtime of Sundays at 9:00 PM PT thereafter.
Talent: Hosted by Ashley Adamson with analysis from Rick Neuheisel and Glenn Parker
Description: We’ve done the math—it’s physically impossible to watch every game on football weekends. But you can still be the king of Monday morning latte-line conversation by catching Pac-12 Football Rewind. Each Sunday night during the 13-week football season, we’ll recap all of the weekend’s action, as well as some of the highlights from those other conferences around the country. The one hour show brings you the top plays, standout players, hot off the press BCS standings, Heisman-watch and much more.
Football in 60
Air date: Premieres Sunday, September 2nd at 11:00 AM PT; Total of 79 episodes airing throughout the week.
Description: It’s a football-fix for the busy fan. Have an hour? Watch a game! You can catch all the action of your favorite 2012 Pac-12 contests in a 60-minute cut-down version. It’s a no time out, no huddle offense – just the game in condensed form. Each week we’ll broadcast the previous week’s games cut-down to an action-packed hour.
Air date: Tuesdays at 7:00 PM PT beginning September 4th.
Talent: Hosted by Mike Yam with analysis from Ronnie Lott and Rick Neuheisel
Description: Some will be ecstatic, some less-than-thrilled, and some will be covered in Gatorade – but all will have a strong opinion about their team’s performance. Each Tuesday night during the 13-week football season, we’ll hear what the Pac-12 coaches have to say about their team’s performance. This fast-paced, one hour program will air it all out – featuring highlights, talkbacks, vignettes and sound bites from all 12 coaches – win or lose.
About Pac-12 Networks
Launching 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.org 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.