SEC Network

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SEC Network
SEC ESPN Network Logo.jpg
Launched August 14, 2014
Owned by ESPN Inc.
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Headquarters Charlotte, North Carolina
Sister channel(s) SEC TV, ESPNU

The SEC Network (also known as the SEC ESPN Network) is an upcoming cable college sports network dedicated to coverage of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), scheduled to launch on August 14, 2014. The network will be operated by ESPN as part of a 20-year partnership, and feature coverage of SEC sports, along with news/analysis programs and other content focusing on the SEC's member schools. The network's coverage will also succeed an identically-named syndication package which was produced by ESPN's regional arm, ESPN Plus.[1][2]


On May 2, 2013, SEC commissioner Mike Slive and ESPN president John Skipper formally announced that as part of a long-term, 20-year agreement lasting through 2034, ESPN would launch the SEC Network, a network devoted to the conference and an accompanying digital platform, in August 2014. The network will be based out of ESPNU's facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina (not an SEC market itself, but close in proximity to them), and will aim to provide "unparalleled content from one of the most competitive conferences in the country with the highest quality, most innovative production partner in the sports industry." The network will join the Big Ten Network and Pac-12 Network as television networks devoted entirely to a single college athletics conference.[3][4]

During the announcement of the SEC's football schedule for the 2014 season, Mike Slive officially announced that the SEC Network would launch on August 14, 2014. Its first live regular season football games will air on August 28, 2014, between Texas A&M and South Carolina,[2] and Temple and Vanderbilt.[5]


SEC Network will air events across the 21 sports that the conference sponsors; within its first year, the network and its digital outlets plan to broadcast at least 1000 live events, with at least 450 on television. Yearly, the network will broadcast approximately 45 football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, and 75 baseball games. For football, SEC Network plans to air three Saturday games per week in early, afternoon, and evening windows. While CBS will maintain its first pick of games for its 3:30 p.m. ET telecast, it will no longer have an exclusive broadcast window for SEC football games—allowing ESPN's outlets and SEC Network to air games alongside CBS.[3]

Original content on SEC Network will include studio and analysis programs, programs produced by the SEC's member institutions, along with encore presentations of SEC events.[3] In May 2013, Paul Finebaum signed with ESPN to host a daily radio show based out of Charlotte, which will be simulcast by SEC Network.[6]

On December 6, 2013, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced that SEC Network will broadcast a two-hour college football pre-game show known as SEC Nation, which will be a travelling show similar to ESPN's own College GameDay. It will be hosted by ESPN commentator Joe Tessitore, and will also feature analysis from Paul Finebaum.[7]

On-air talent[edit]

On December 30, 2013, ESPN announced that former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow had signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to serve as a college football analyst. Tebow will also make appearances on SEC Nation.[8] On March 12, 2014, ESPN named Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer as lead game announcers for the SEC Network. As a result, Musburger will scale back his role on ESPN proper, and will no longer call Saturday Night Football or post-season bowl games, but will remain a commentator for Big 12 basketball.[9][10] On March 24, 2014, it was announced that former University of Alabama and New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy has been hired as a college football analyst for the SEC Network on a multi-year contract.


AT&T U-verse was announced as the first television provider to agree to carry SEC Network. In January 2014, Sports Business Journal reported that ESPN was seeking a carriage rate of $1.30 per-subscriber per-month in SEC markets, and $0.25 in non-SEC markets; in comparison, Big Ten Network charges around $1.00 per subscriber in Big Ten markets. It was also noted that SEC Network's opening doubleheader may have been intended to put pressure on Comcast and Time Warner Cable to pick up SEC Network, as they predominantly involve teams located within their service areas.[11]

In March 2014, Dish Network was announced as the second major television provider to agree to carry the SEC Network. [12]


  1. ^ "SEC And ESPN Announce New TV Network > SEC > NEWS". 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b "SEC Releases 2014 Conference Football Schedule > SEC > NEWS". 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  3. ^ a b c "SEC Network announced: Launching in 2014, AT&T already on board". SBNation. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "SEC Will Start TV Network in 2014". New York Times. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "SEC Network Unveils Brand Campaign". Multichannel News. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Bishop, Greg (May 21, 2013). "Radio Host Paul Finebaum joins ESPN". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "SEC Football: Tessitore to host SEC Nation pre-game show on SEC Network". Montgomery Advertiser. Gannett. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tim Tebow joins ESPN as analyst for SEC Network". Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer lead SEC team". 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer named SEC Network's lead team". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "SEC Network’s cost will top that of other college nets". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
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