ESPN and Southeastern Conference Announce New TV Network and Digital Platform

May 2, 2013

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement to create and operate a multiplatform network, anabolics | which will launch in August 2014.

The new network and digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1, anesthetist 000 events in its first year.

Approximately 45 SEC football games, prostate more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually will be televised by the network.

Programming will also include studio shows, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, signing day and pro days coverage.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said: “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.”

Each weekend throughout the season, multiple top-tier matchups will be aired from the SEC.

ESPN President John Skipper commented: “The SEC is unmatched in its success on the field and its popularity with fans nationwide. The new network’s top-quality SEC matchups across a range of sports will serve all sports enthusiasts including the most passionate, die-hard SEC fans.

“Also, it will serve the needs of our multichannel distributors and advertisers by providing extremely attractive programming options across all platforms.”

As part of the agreement, ESPN will oversee the SEC’s official Corporate Sponsor Program. In addition, ESPN and the SEC also agreed to extend their existing media rights agreement through 2034.

AT&T U-verse will be the network’s first national distributor. Subscribers receiving the live linear network via a multichannel subscription will also have access to the network on PCs, tablets, smartphones and select gaming devices like Xbox.

“We are pleased to be involved with the SEC and ESPN at the very beginning of this great alliance,” said Jeff Weber, President of Content and Advertising Sales, AT&T.

“As the fastest growing and most advanced pay TV service, we want to bring our customers the highest value and most compelling product that we possibly can.

“Access to the SEC Network, across multiple platforms, will only increase the demand for U-verse.”