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DirectTV And Fox Networks Reach Agreement, As NHL And Pac-12 Fans Exhale

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports.

Fox Networks and DIRECTV have reached an agreement for DIRECTV to continue carrying all Fox Networks (including FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, SPEED, FUEL TV, FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes), Fox’s regional sports networks, Fox Broadcasting (FOX), the FOX local stations, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. We both know the past ten days have been challenging, but we’re pleased that both sides could eventually come together to ensure our viewers continue to enjoy Fox programming.

This is good news for DirectTV subscribers that are big UCLA, USC or local NHL fans (as well as soccer of course). UCLA distributes most of their football and basketball games on Prime Ticket, a FSN affiliate. The USC Trojans have a similar issue with their basketball programming on both channels. (football games are mostly national telecasts anyway). The Los Angeles Kings have most of their games on mainly Fox Sports West and the Anaheim Ducks are also on Prime Ticket. There will be no hiccups  this season.

It wouldn't have affected Lakers fans like it would have last year though (Clippers are less fortunate since they're bound to FS West), since they're now on Time Warner RSN. But thankfully on that end, LA delayed the NBA season to ensure that this DirectTV deal was reached, and now the NBA season can tip off soon (right?).