The Pac-12 Network

In a shocking turn of events, the Pac-12 Network has officially gone dark, shutting down all seven of its cable TV channels. This dramatic closure comes as the Pac-12 Conference, once a titan in college sports, crumbles under the weight of mass defections, leaving only Washington State and Oregon State to fend for themselves.

The Final Curtain: Layoffs and Last Broadcast

The network’s demise has been swift and brutal. Layoffs ravaged the organization, with key staff members, including broadcast engineers, directors, an on-air host, a senior producer, and multiple senior-level roles, shown the door by June 28. The final live broadcast, a somber farewell to what once was, aired earlier this week, marking the end of an era.

The Collapse of a Giant

The Pac-12, once a bastion of college sports, is now a shadow of its former self. The exodus of teams to the ACC, Big 10, and Big 12 has left the conference in tatters. Washington State and Oregon State now stand alone, their futures uncertain as the dust settles.

Struggles from the Start

Since its inception in 2012, the Pac-12 Network faced an uphill battle. Widespread distribution eluded the network, thwarting its ambitions to become the definitive source for Pac-12 sports fans. The rise of cord-cutting delivered a critical blow, and the pandemic years compounded its woes.

Financial Freefall

This year proved to be the final nail in the coffin. A staggering $72 million demand from Comcast for overpayments led to the ousting of the network’s president and chief financial officer. Whispers of selling off rights became a roar as financial instability grew. The departure of powerhouse schools like UCLA and USC was a death knell, fueling speculation that the network’s revenue stream would dry up and cable providers would abandon ship.