Pac-12 Networks, CFL football, Olympics, French Open updates

While away on vacation, the news didn’t stop in the world of sports media and television.

Let’s catch readers up on a few items that crossed the inbox while I was away:

** PAC-12 NETWORKS: We are nine days away from the launch of the Pac-12 Networks, and so far only subscribers to Time Warner Cable will receive the new channels.

DirecTV, Verizon FiOS and DISH Network have not reached  deals to carry the Pac-12 Network.

Time Warner Cable will carry both the national Pac-12 Network and the Pac-12 Los Angeles regional network that will focus on USC and UCLA when they debut Aug. 15. Both channels will be available in high definition and standard definition.

Pac-12 Los Angeles will be available to Time Warner Cable customers who subscribe to the Variety tier. Pac-12 National will be made available to customers with subscription to the TWC Sports Pass. The folks at Time Warner Cable expect to release the channel assignments for the Pac-12 Network  this week.

While the networks launch Aug. 15, the first live football game won’t be televised until Aug. 30. The opening weekend of college football features six games on the Pac-12 Network.


** OLYMPICS ON DEMAND: Want a little Olympic statistical nugget? Time Warner Cable’s Sports on Demand VOD channels in Southern California have had the most consumption of the year with more than 230,000 views in July that was driven by the Olympics. For comparison, it is double the number of views versus July 2011.


** CFL FOOTBALL: Our Canadian visitors long have sought a way to catch CFL football and the Grey Cup. NBC Sports Network has made it much easier.

NBC Sports Network announced that it will carry 14 CFL games. The NBCSN schedule won’t start until Aug. 27, after the Summer Olympics have concluded.

The schedule (all times Pacific):

  • Monday, Aug. 27: Edmonton vs. Toronto 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 31: British Columbia vs. Montreal 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 3: Toronto vs. Hamilton 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 3: Edmonton vs. Calgary 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 7: Calgary vs. Edmonton 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 5: Hamilton vs. Edmonton 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 19: Edmonton vs. British Columbia 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 1: Hamilton vs. Toronto 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 2: Calgary vs. Edmonton 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 11: First-round playoff game 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 11: First-round playoff game, 8 p.m. (same-day tape)
  • Sunday. Nov. 18: Semifinal playoff game 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 18: Semifinal playoff game 8 p.m. (same-day tape)
  • Sunday, Nov. 25: Grey Cup 3 p.m.


**FRENCH OPEN: After losing Wimbledon last year, NBC Sports avoided the same fate with another tennis major by agreeing to an extension with the French Open. The tournament will remain on the network through 2024 and includes 10 additional hours of coverage.

NBC, which has carried the French consecutively since 1983, will continue to air the opening Sunday, the middle weekend and the final weekend. The network will add Memorial Day and the women’s semifinals.

Cable rights are with ESPN and the Tennis Channel through 2015.