Pac-12 programming agreement with Fox Sports channels
Pac-12 Networks, the content and multiplatform media company for the Pac-12 Conference, has reached an exclusive multi-year agreement with Fox International Sports Channels (FIC Sports), a division of 21st Century Fox’s international multi-media business, to distribute Pac-12 Networks sports programming worldwide, outside of the United States.
The new agreement calls for FIC Sports to distribute more than 750 hours of Pac-12 sporting events across 20 sports, including football, basketball, football, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, baseball, softball, golf, cross country, track and field and swimming and diving.
“Securing international distribution has been a top priority for us, especially knowing that we have so many alumni and a growing fan base outside of the United States,” Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans said. “Our agreement with Fox International Sports Channels is our first step in delivering Pac-12 content to our fans worldwide.”
With 459 NCAA titles across 27 sports, the Pac-12 is the most successful collegiate sports Conference in the United States and has consistently produced more Olympians than any collegiate Conference in the country. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, 239 Pac-12 athletes competed in London and won 89 individual medals, including 51 gold medals
FIC Sports features an already robust portfolio of college sports programming, including the Big East Conference, Big Ten Network, Big 12 Conference, Conference USA.
“Collegiate sports are an important part of our Fox International Sports Channels distribution portfolio and the Pac-12 is one of the premier collegiate athletic conferences,” said Zoe Duffelen of Fox International Sports Channels. “We look forward to our continued partnership with the Pac-12 Network and to distributing its programming to college sports fans around the world.”
The agreement with Pac-12 Networks follows Fox International Channel’s ongoing global expansion into sports. Launched in 2011, FIC Sports manages the syndication of Fox Sports content worldwide, as well as the international sales for numerous sports content providers around the world. In addition, over the past two years, Fox International Channel’s has expanded the Fox Sports brand with recent launches of Fox Sports channels in Latin America, South East Asia, Japan and Europe.
Pac-12 Networks televises sporting events from their 12 prestigious member institutions including University of Arizona, Arizona State University, UC Berkeley, University of Colorado, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, UCLA, University of Utah, University of Washington and Washington State University.