OSU-Arizona game likely won't be seen in Oklahoma
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Friday, September 07, 2012
9/07/12 at 9:23 AM
Barring a last-minute deal, Saturday's Oklahoma State-Arizona game will not be shown live in Oklahoma.
The best bet for a local broadcast is Cox Communications. The cable provider made what a Cox spokeswoman called "a strong offer," but it had not been accepted by Thursday afternoon.
Last week, Cox didn't reach a deal to carry OSU's home game against Savannah State until Wednesday afternoon.
The Pac-12 Network, which launched this season, airs on Cox within the Pac-12 region. For the game to be shown on Cox here requires an independent broadcast because the network is not viewed as desirable enough to permanently be added to the sports tier.
Non-Cox subscribers also are out of luck for the time being. The network has not inked deals with any satellite provider, regardless of location.
On Wednesday night, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne tweeted that rumors about an agreement between the Pac-12 Network and DirecTV are not true and that a deal is "not close at this point."
Dish Network doesn't have a deal in place but has received an uplink for the channel, indicating it could be inserted into the lineup as soon as an agreement is reached.
AT&T U-verse, another television provider in Oklahoma, doesn't carry the Pac-12 Network, either.
The game, which kicks off at 9:30 p.m., cannot be picked up by pay-per-view because the Pac-12 Network owns the broadcasting rights. It will be shown on Pac-12.com but only for cable users in areas that carry the network.
OSU up next
At Arizona 9:30 p.m. Saturday
TV: None Radio: KFAQ am1170
Original Print Headline: No TV deal for OSU game
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In this 2010 file photo Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy during a coach's press conference the day before the Valero AlamoBowl game against Arizona in San Antonio. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World File