I think the network not being carried on DirecTV also has ZERO influence on recruiting. We're talking - at most - several thousand parents, 99% of which can get Dish Network.
A few dozen parents might have a tree where the Dish satellite is, where they can get DirecTV just fine.... but from what I find on this forum, it is really an INCREDIBLE small amount of people who are situated in such a way they can get DirecTV, but not Dish. And those parents might still be able to get cable or use a cable account from a family member to watch it online. And that family member might even be the player itself.
Really, it has NO influence whatsoever on recruiting new players for PAC12 universities. None whatsoever.
You missed the parts about the kid seeing the team on TV and his friends being able to see him? These are all impacts.
As you don't follow football or basketball, I think you are out of your depth to discuss recruitment in those sports.
And small numbers ARE involved. Basketball scholarships are limited to 15 per school at any one time. You lose one recruit because of availability and it can be impactful. You cannot use big statistical numbers for these cases.
Believe me, the PAC 12 was very mindful of recruitment of players when they decided to set up their network. It is a big recruiting tool. Putting all schools on TV for the major sports for all games is not just about money. It is about branding and branding translates into recruiting in college sports.
As a person who cannot get Dish (line of sight) but has DirecTV, don't discount it at all. The angles are very different.