By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
With ten days before making its debut, ESPN and DirecTV has agreed to a partnership that will provide the SEC Network beginning on August 14th. The first game on the network will be #20 Texas A&M Aggies and #9 South Carolina Gamecocks on August 28th.
After its debut, the SEC Network will feature sporting events from the Southeastern Conference.
“The SEC boats powerhouses athletic programs, especially in football, representing deeply loyal communities, many of which do not have any professional teams,” said Dan York, DirecTV’s Chief Content Officer. “The depth of SEC competition and the quality ESPN brings to game production and complementary programming makes SEC Network a valuable addition to our sports programming lineup, and we’re excited to bring it into our customers’ homes and on their devices.”
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The SEC Network is expected to showcase at least 45 exclusive SEC football games in the coming months. There are currently seven SEC schools in the college football preseason Top 25.
Besides the on-the-field action, the network will also give fans an all-access look into events throughout the year, as well as news and information.
“With opening day now firmly in sight, we are happy to count DirecTV, the country’s largest satellite provider, among our many distributors for the SEC Network,” added SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “The SEC is home of the most passionate fans in college sports and I am pleased to have such a wide distribution by launch date for the benefit of SEC fans everywhere.”
The SEC Network is the second major launch in the past few years. Just last year, ESPN also launced the Longhorn Network, which gives fans an inside look at the Texas Longhorns programs 24/7.
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Last year, Fox Sports 1 was born, as the company took over for the Speed Channel.
“Our agreement with DirecTV continues to push the SEC Network towards one of the most successful network launches when it debuts on August 14th,” said Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales. “We’re proud to deliver the SEC Network nationwide via DirecTV in advance of the Texas A&M and South Carolina game later this month.”
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