Zayo: Fueling the PAC-12 Network


Big, splashy tech developments like autonomous vehicles and virtual reality are powered by the latest developments in communications infrastructure, like 5G. But, high-level technology is necessary in areas you don’t always consider — including sports broadcasts.

With that in mind, the Pac-12 turned to Zayo Group, a global provider of enterprise-grade network infrastructure solutions, as its official sponsor and technology partner.

The Pac-12 Football Championship Game, hosted in December 2021, was the highest viewed program of the day among 18-49-year-olds, with an audience of 4.2 million viewers. Zayo’s Wavelength network ensured real-time instant replays for every viewer.

What does this relationship entail?

First, The Pac-12 Network utilizes Zayo’s DIA network as their primary ISP at their corporate headquarters in San Francisco and Zayo’s Dark Fiber Network to broadcast the Men’s and Women’s basketball conference championships in Las Vegas.

Further, the Pac-12 Network utilizes Zayo’s Wavelength Network to broadcast 24-hour coverage of Pac-12 sanctioned sporting events, including Olympic sports and broadcasts of archived sports telecasts via satellite and cable networks.

Additionally, live events from all 12 universities including 30+ football games, 100+ men’s basketball games, Pac-12 Championship events, more than 300 live Olympic sport events as well as original and studio content such as The Pregame, The Drive: Pac-12 Football, Inside Pac-12 Football, Our Stories and Pac-12 All-Access.

In addition to the national channel, the Pac-12 Network also operates a group of six regional sports channels focusing on different schools within the conference under the Pac-12 Networks brand.

Zayo’s partnership with the Pac-12 comes as the company is acquiring QOS Networks from M/C Partners. QOS is a provider of SD-WAN and edge-managed services.

It also follows the recent appointment of Lynn Tinney as SVP of Channels and Partnerships. Tinney joins Zayo from Brightcove, where she served as VP of Global Channels.