Who knows what's going on with regards to Pac-12 Network and DirecTV negotiations? Not me. I don't know a thing.
Gary Stevenson probably knows more, and he isn't showing his hand. Bud Withers of the Seattle Times has more.
"I wouldn't characterize it as close or imminent," Stevenson said, otherwise holding to his previous take that the content is appealing on the Networks, and "when fans want to have (good) content in today's television world, they get it."
I wouldn't be surprised if this is just to keep the momentum on. Stevenson could just be playing poker to ensure customers who want the channel keep on calling for it and don't get complacent now that a deal seems to be in place. It's best for Stevenson and the Pac-12 not to reveal their hand until they know for certain they get the deal possible from DirecTV regardless.
We've had plenty of conflicting reports at this point that it's really hard to believe much of anything anyone says. The Pac-12 and DirecTV seemed to be near a deal, then it didn't look imminent, then it was again, then a potential plan was put in place regarding a subscription package. So who knows what will actually end up happening before the season starts.
For those wondering a bit about Stevenson, here is an interview Dan Rubenstein did with him at Pac-12 Media Day.