For those who can't get enough of the Southeastern Conference, there will soon be an SEC network that will provide you with everything needed to maintain happiness.
SEC commissioner Michael Slive and ESPN president John Skipper announced that things are official and the network will debut in August of 2014, according to the SEC Digital Network. Slive is quoted as saying:
The SEC Network will provide an unparalleled fan experience of top quality SEC content presented across the television network and its accompanying digital platforms. We will increase exposure of SEC athletics programs at all 14 member institutions, as we showcase the incredible student-athletes in our league. The agreement for a network streamlines and completes an overall media rights package that will continue the SEC’s leadership for the foreseeable future.
The contract between ESPN and the SEC is set for 20 years. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN:
ESPN deal with SEC to 2034 isn’t only the longest deal in sports. It’s the longest deal in all of TV.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 2, 2013
The network's logo was kept pretty simple, as John Solomon of the The Birmingham News pointed out:
The new SEC Network logo. twitter.com/jonsol/status/…— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) May 2, 2013
While the details of the finances will not be discussed at this time, you can expect that the SEC won't be crying bankrupt anytime soon. In fact, a USA Today Sports study earlier this year broke down some of the numbers, and every team in this conference will walk away very happy if they are the least bit accurate.
So what will this include for the fans? Tons of SEC sports, according to Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph:
SEC Network football details: 45 annual football games. Three each week. And more than 100 basketball games. Total of 1,000 live events.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) May 2, 2013
It looks like this will become a popular channel once launched.
The rest of the networks out there will receive the short end of the stick, such as CBS, which used to be the go-to channel for premier SEC football matchups. Now, they will ride in the back seat when it comes to marquee games, according to Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News.
CBS no longer has window of exclusivity for SEC games. SEC Network games in early, mid-afternoon and evening window.— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) May 2, 2013
AT&T U-verse has become the first national distributor for this new popular channel, but John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal reports that negotiations between other networks will soon take place. If you don't want to miss out on any of the action, make sure to do your part by visiting this website.
It has become a necessity for conferences to have their own network. It helps keep fans satisfied year-round and brings in truckloads of money. Now that the SEC is finally on board, the conference can continue its dominance off the field.