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September 8, 2012Oklahoma State fans living in Oklahoma had very limited choices if they wanted to see the OSU at Arizona game tonight: drive north or south to Kansas or Texas or find an illegal stream on the internet. That was yesterday, when no cable carrier in Oklahoma carried the Pac-12 Network.
Early this morning, the Pac-12 and DISH Network consummated a multi-year agreement.
The deal will require DISH subscribers to have the "Multi-Sport Pack," which is a $9 per month add-on...but not this weekend. The satellite network will air all Pac-12 Network games in a free preview. The OSU-UA game will air on channel 413 at 9:30 CST.
The late-breaking deal is a sigh of relief for in-state fans of the Cowboys, though many are not subscribers to the network. Still, sports bars and friends offer solutions that did not exist on Friday night.
"DISH wanted to deliver Pac-12 Networks to its customers and our fans will benefit," said Gary Stevenson, President of Pac-12 Enterprises. "DISH's line-up and ability to offer Pac-12 fans nationwide access to an unprecedented number of live quality sporting events make this a huge day for DISH customers and Pac-12 fans."
While short of complete state-wide coverage a la cable networks like ESPN, the deal gives OSU fans across the state an option for viewing the Pokes' top out-of-conference matchup.
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