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SEC Network expected to launch in August 2014

The SEC’s about to get a whole lot richer. Word is out that the conference is in final negotiations with ESPN to create an exclusive SEC channel, which will launch in August 2014.

Currently, the SEC is negotiating with the schools’ local TV rights holders (in UK’s case, IMG) in order to give the new SEC channel the content it needs. Local TV rights are good for one football game per school and roughly six to eight basketball games per school, plus various non-revenue sports like baseball, softball, and soccer. ESPN does not plan to partner with another media company on the SEC channel, which means it will be headquartered at ESPN’s Regional Television office in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ESPN would also take control of the league’s marketing, which may mean an end to the all those awesome Golden Flake commercials. I know, I’m disappointed too.

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12 Comments for SEC Network expected to launch in August 2014



  1. UKBlue1!
    5:15 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    Good! Maybe the extra money can be used for a football coach.



  2. Busch Light
    5:16 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    Golden Flake potato chips are delicious.



  3. Isaac in Long Beach
    5:23 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    1 – Or some upgraded facilities!



  4. Rixter
    5:34 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    I still miss the Jeffeson Pilot Commercials.
    And the Goody’s headache powders.



  5. Al Purnell here
    5:55 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    What about me???



  6. UKBlue
    5:56 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    Good maybe they will join this decade and finally broadcast the games in freaking HD instead of making the game look like it’s being shot with a betamax camera !!



  7. DT in DC
    6:01 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    My only concern about this is that the network won’t be picked up by all cable/dish providers. I know it’s apples and oranges, but I have Texas friends that gripe all the time about not having the Longhorn Network.



  8. Poco Chang
    7:03 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    I have a feeling that we (fans) are gonna get screwed on this deal. Get ready for pay-per-view and subscriptions.

    All that money has to come from somewhere.



  9. UKBlue
    7:34 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    This will more than likely be part of a sports package thru cable & satellite because they all know crazy SEC sports fans will pay for it.



  10. Mitch B.
    9:18 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    This sounds great to me. More TV money for rifle, swimming, soccer, softball and golf.



  11. The Dude
    9:46 pm September 19, 2012 Permalink

    6 – Yes! Yes!!! A thousands times YES!!!



  12. HackRichards
    5:11 am September 20, 2012 Permalink

    Just Wait And See – It will be Pay Time. You’ll not see Wildcat Basketball unless you pay to watch.