Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott didn't have good news Saturday night for Colorado fans and others around the conference who are hoping he might be making some progress on a deal with DirecTV.

Scott, who met with media members for about 10 minutes in the press box at Folsom Field prior to the Buffs' loss to Arizona, said he still doesn't expect to have a deal with the distributor this school year.

"There hasn't been movement in a long time," Scott said. "We've reached out and tried to engage in further conversations, but there is really no movement."

Six of the Buffs' seven football games this season have been televised on the Pac-12 Network, which has prevented CU fans who are DirecTV subscribers from seeing their team. The Pac-12 Network is expected to televise approximately 60 CU events this school year.

The Daily Camera asked Scott what he would say to CU fans who prefer to keep their DirecTV and are frustrated by not being able to watch the Buffs.

"Certainly I respect their decision to be with whatever video provider they want to be with, but I would tell them they're going to miss a lot of Buffs sports," Scott said. "I feel bad for those fans that don't make the switch. I think the most passionate Buffs fans will make the switch because they don't want to miss all this amazing Buff content."

Scott said he won't be satisfied until the Pac-12 Network has deals in place with every major distributor, and the last of the big ones is DirecTV.


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He said the network might have to cut back on programming if it gave DirecTV a different deal than it has other distributors.

The Pac-12 took a more aggressive approach in dealing with DirecTV this summer when negotiations broke down. The conference began publicly encouraging fans who are DirecTV subscribers to switch to different providers.

Scott said he doesn't believe using that tactic has hampered discussions with DirecTV because it is a practice often done throughout the industry.

"We know DirecTV is losing a lot of customers because of this and over time that will happen more and more," Scott said.

Scott was asked if he believes it might be time to give some ground in negotiations with DirecTV in order to get the network into more households, particularly those in the Los Angeles area.

"I don't see that time coming," Scott said. "We are kind of ahead of schedule, I'd say. We've got over 50 distributors, we're profitable, the quality of what we're putting on the air is amazing.

Scott said he has always approached the formation and building of the Pac-12 network as a long-term initiative. He said when the decision was made to go forward with starting up the network, he told the 12 school presidents not to expect any revenue distributions from it until the third year. He said he believes that remains possible.

Scott said it took the Big Ten Network several years to get deals done with some of its cable partners and the NFL didn't get a deal done with Time Warner Cable for several years either.

"We want everyone to take it," Scott said. "That's the reason we created it, but it's got to happen on a responsible basis and in a way that is fair to the others that sign up."

Scott was schedule to sit with athletic director Rick George through a portion of the football game Saturday. He said he had not received any kind of update on CU's progress toward football facilities upgrades.

Scott raved about the amount of money being spent and the volume of athletics facilities projects ongoing around the conference. He said CU has basketball facilities that are "at speed with any other team," but CU now needs to take steps forward with football facilities.

"There are major constructions projects going on on almost every campus, either recently completed or in development," he said. "But each athletic department is in a different stage of financial health. I think that is the case here. They've had to play a little catch-up and get the books a little better balanced."

Contact staff writer Kyle Ringo at ringok@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/kyleringo.