When the Pac-12 Network hits the airwaves this summer, former USC great Ronnie Lott will be part of the talent on hand, as the conference announced today via Twitter, that Lott was joining former Pac-12 athletes Rick Neuheisel and Summer Sanders on the air.
It’ll be Lott’s second stint in broadcasting, after the Hall of Fame safety worked as an analyst on FOX broadcasts from 1996 to 1998. He joins former teammate and good friend Marcus Allen in the broadcasting ranks, after Allen joined the FOX Sports team last September. While Allen hasn’t been afraid to be a homer on FOX, Lott surely won’t be bleeding Cardinal & Gold on the Pac-12 set, and rightfully so, as part of a conference network.
While we’ll have to wait and see how Lott performs in the studio, Neuheisel was decent on the CBS Sports staff during the bowl season, and while Summer Sanders has been out of the spotlight for a while now, a return to the conference where she swam at Stanford, will go a long way in boasting the network’s credibility.
The network is set to launch in August before the academic year begins, and according to the conference’s website, they won’t start off with just a light helping of Pac-12 sports.
The Pac-12 Networks, which launch in August 2012, consist of one national and six regional networks that will provide 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities. The networks will televise approximately 350 live events nationally, including 35 football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 40 women’s basketball games and hundreds of premier Pac-12 Olympic sports.
Now, if only they can reach a deal with DISH Network…