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Pac-12 Network & DirecTV don't have 'active agreement', but are 'working on it'

Sounds like we have breakthrough.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There was speculation that the Pac-12 Network and DirecTV (now merged with AT&T, who does carry Pac-12 Network on their own teleco TV service) would make a deal before the start of the season. The channel has been tested on Channel 612 on the satellite carrier and there are rumors that there would be a deal in place by the start of the season. With only a few hours left, you might be wondering if Arizona vs. UTSA will be on our screens or you'll have to wait a little longer.

So is there a deal? Not yet. But it might be on its way. The Pac-12 and DirecTV don't have an agreement in place right now, but there is definite signs that progress might lead to a deal sooner rather than later.

DirecTV used to respond to this with silence or "we have no plans." Promising. It does seem like there will be a deal early this year.

What could be holding things up? Jon Wilner says plenty of things could be causing delays before there's a final agreement.

Regardless, even if this deal isn't made tonight, I'd imagine the Pac-12 would want this deal in place by Saturday, with the two major draws (Oregon, USC) on the Network. It does sound like the end is in sight.