SAN JOSE -- The Pac-12 Conference and AT&T have the framework of a deal in place for U-verse to broadcast the league's television network beginning this summer, according to conference and industry sources.
The contract is weeks (and perhaps months) away from being finalized as the sides hammer out final details.
If all goes as expected, the networks will be available on U-verse prior to the start of the football season.
U-verse has approximately 4.5 million customers nationwide and is the nation's seventh-largest multi-channel video distributor.
Sources declined to comment on details of the agreement, including subscription fees and which of the networks' seven feeds would be available in various regions of the country.
The Pac-12 Networks, which launched last August, are available on Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Bright House and DISH.
But the league was unable to reach and agreement with four major distributors: AT&T, Verizon, Charter and DirecTV.
Conferences sources believe the agreement with AT&T could ratchet up the pressure on Verizon.
Negotiations with DirecTV reached an impasse last summer and have not progressed in recent months.