And so begins the 10-day countdown till the start of Pac-12 football.
Washington State's season opener against BYU will air Aug. 30 on ESPN. But if you're an Arizona State or Utah fan living in the Tri-Cities, you won't be able to watch your favorite teams because their games are on the Pac-12 Network.
Also, apologies to Washington fans if you want to see the Huskies play San Diego State on Sept. 1.
Of course, all this could change if the Pac-12 Network finally shows up on one of the area's TV providers. For most Tri-City residents, that boils down to Charter, DirecTV or Dish. I'm not much for betting, but I do think the Pac-12 Network will appear on at least one of their lineups before the football season kicks off.
I have gotten an email or two from fans who want to know the state of the Pac-12 Network in the Tri-Cities. When it comes to network negotiations with big-time providers, those decisions are happening way above the heads of those working in the local offices. The Pac-12 Network does offer a way to connect with these providers through their Channel Finder. If your provider doesn't offer the Pac-12 Network, you can tweet or email a request.