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Pac-12 Network, DirecTV reportedly making deal in time for 2015 college football season

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It appears to be over.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It sounds like the impasse between the Pac-12 and DirecTV will come to an end. It was reported that DirecTV was testing the Pac-12 Network on Channel 612, which was usually the precursor to the channel becoming available on a satellite or cable carrier. DirecTV will make a deal that should come into play in time for the start or near the start of the 2015 college football season. BruinReport has learned this through their sources.

DirecTV is the last major carrier that the Pac-12 has wanted to get on board, their proverbial white whale so to speak. DISH signed up years agoComcast, Time Warner, Bright House and Cox were the first to get on board, AT&T also recently joined up, and plenty of local cable carriers on the West Coast also have the conference channel. But DirecTV makes the Pac-12 Network a true national network, like with the SEC and Big Ten Network. It should ensure long term visibility and give the conference coast-to-coast viewing ability for any sports fan. Because NFL Sunday Ticket is exclusively carried by DirecTV, it remains the best option for all sports fans across the country. Now the Pac-12 doesn't have to worry about that anymore.