Pac-12 Network is an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by the Pac-12 Conference. The networks studio and production facilities are headquartered in San Francisco and it is the third sports network to be devoted to a specific collegiate athletic conference and the first to be owned by a conference outright without support from outside companies. The networks feature 24-hour coverage of Pac-12 sanctioned sporting events, including olympic sports as well as broadcasts of archived sports telecasts, the contract ensures that every football and mens basketball game is televised nationally. Sports not featured on the national Pac-12 Network are instead carried through the networks as well as on the Pac-12 Digital Network. The infrastructure of the Pac-12 Networks,12 member institutions and CMCs operations in Denver, master control origination services, including compression and satellite front-haul services, satellite receiver authorizations, and disaster recovery are run through the CMC in Denver.
The Pac-12 Networks produce telecasts of roughly 850 collegiate events each year, the national network includes 35 football games,100 mens basketball games and 40 womens basketball games on an annual basis. The Pac-12 national network features all spring football games, coaches shows, the Pac-12 network has shown rugby matches played by schools from the PAC Rugby Conference, even though college rugby is not a sport sanctioned by the NCAA. Presidents and professors supply additional context, providing viewers a unique and poignant look at the history, culture. The agreements did not guarantee that the Pac-12 Networks would be available in all areas within the territory of a Pac-12 university, the agreements complimented a 12-year deal that the Pac-12 Conference had struck with Fox Sports and ESPN that began in 2012. In addition, the network entered into extended negotiations with satellite providers, as of September 7,2013, the Pac-12 Network has not yet signed carriage deals with DirecTV, Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS.
On July 28,2012, Frontier Communications announced on one of its official Facebook accounts that the company would carry the channel on Frontier FiOS TV, the deal was officially announced on August 1,2012. Several smaller providers reached carriage agreements with the network during the month of August 2012, on August 1, Oregon-based cable providers BendBroadband announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Network as well as the Pac-12 Digital Network on their bendbroadband2go TV Everywhere platform. Two days on August 3,2012, Arizona-based Western Broadband, on August 6, Astound Broadband announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Bay Area Network. A day on August 7, Wave Broadband announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 Bay Area, Oregon, on August 8,2012, CC Communications announced its intent to carry the Pac-12 National Network and one Pac-12 regional channel. Network revealed on their official Facebook page that it would carry the Pac-12 Network, on August 21,2012, Canby Telecom announced an intention to carry the Pac-12 National Network as well as all Pac-12 regional networks.
On September 8,2012, Dish Network announced that it would carry the Pac-12 National Network starting on September 8, on February 1,2016, Pac-12 restricted access to the regional channels for DISH subscribers. On September 6,2013, Pac-12 Networks entered into a deal with AT&T U-verse to carry the main feed on channel 759. As of 2015, the Pac-12 Networks were available in 90 million homes, Pac-12 Now is available through web browsers, mobile and iOS devices, with content accessible via a login through a pay television provider
Holt Arena is an indoor multi-purpose athletic stadium in the western United States, located on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. It is the field of the Idaho State Bengals of the Big Sky Conference. Originally named the ASISU Minidome, it opened 47 years ago in 1970 at the end of the ISU campus. Holt Arena is the oldest enclosed stadium on a campus in the United States. Only the Houston Astrodome, completed in 1965, predates it, since the Astrodomes 2006 closure Holt Arena has been the oldest enclosed stadium in use. The original artificial turf installed in 1970 was Poly-Turf, the venue was renamed in 1988 to honor Milton W. Dubby Holt, ISUs athletic director from 1967 to 1989. As assistant athletic director, Holt conceived the indoor arena in 1966, although a controversial design proposal for the time, ISU students voted to appropriate not more than $2.8 million to the project two years later. The arena was entirely with these voluntary student funds. With over 56% in favor, ISU students approved a twelve dollar increase in fees to fund the stadium in early 1968.
After 41 football seasons on Poly-Turf and AstroTurf, infilled synthetic turf was installed in Holt Arena in July 2011, similar to FieldTurf, the SoftTop Removable Matrix System is installed in Cowboys Stadium in the NFL. Holt Arena replaced the outdoor Spud Bowl as the Bengals home football stadium in 1970, davis Field continues as the home venue for outdoor track and field and soccer. Holt Arena serves as home for the ISU indoor track and field team and it hosts high school football games, the famous Simplot Games high school indoor track meet, along with other sporting events, rodeos and other activities. The Bengals were allowed to stay home for the first round of the 32-team 1977 NCAA basketball tournament, as the Minidome had a pair of first round games on Saturday, UCLA defeated Louisville and hometown ISU beat Long Beach State. Between the Big Sky tourney and the NCAA games, the venue hosted the states three-day A-1 high school championship tournament. Holt Arena features 194,400 square feet of floor space, Holt Arena is one of three indoor football stadiums currently in use in the Big Sky Conference, along with Walkup Skydome at NAU and Alerus Center at UND in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The University of Idaho returned to the conference in the summer of 2014, and will rejoin for football in 2018