Oh, o.k. I see what you mean now. Too bad the Pac-12 didn't use your foresight. I understand what it was attempting to do, but I think it created more problems for itself.
Exactly... The Big Ten has one 24/7 channel, and at least on Dish there are 4 alternate channels. I can't say I remember all channels with an active game but there must have been a time 5 games were simultaneous or there wouldn't be so many alternate channels
The PAC-12 appeared to be trying to have 7 24/7 channels that they wanted DirecTV to take (and I assume Dish as well)... and frankly that's a lot to ask basically a whole transponder be dedicated full time to just the PAC-12. That would put them in the same class as ESPN that covers all the conferences + pro games... and that doesn't seem likely to me.
I bet if PAC-12 had launched with one 24/7 main channel and even 5+ alternates, they probably would be on DirecTV already and be nearing a deal with Dish... instead of in limbo.
I could be wrong... but I think the local cable markets don't carry all 7 of their 24/7 channels.. but rather just the one for that market OR maybe that 1 + the main channel perhaps.
They wanted national coverage for all their teams... so wanted DirecTV and Dish to have all the full-time channels... and that appears to have been the deal-breaker.