The SEC Network is an American sports network that is owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which operates the network, through its 80% controlling ownership interest) and the Hearst Communications (which holds the remaining 20% interest). The channel is dedicated to coverage of collegiate sports sanctioned by the Southeastern Conference (SEC) including live and recorded event telecasts, news, analysis programs, and other content focusing on the conference's member schools. The network is estimated to have 70 million subscribers, more that any other dedicated sports network. 
The network's coverage serves as the successor to an eponymous syndication package (later renamed SEC TV), which was produced by its syndication arm ESPN Regional Television. SEC Network is operated out of ESPN facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina, shared with ESPN Events and formerly ESPNU. While Charlotte is not an SEC market itself, it is in close proximity to universities that are members of the conference and shares a television market with the northern part of South Carolina, which is part of the South Carolina Gamecocks' television market.
|Launched||August 14, 2014|
|Owned by||ESPN Inc.|
(The Walt Disney Company, 80%; Hearst Communications, 20%)
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTV sets)
|Slogan||Take It All In|
|Headquarters||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Dish Network||408 (HD/SD), 404 (Hopper)|
596-599 (HD/SD), 404.1 (HD/SD), 404.2 (HD/SD), 404.3 (HD/SD) (Hopper)
|Available on many cable systems (basic in SEC territory, digital elsewhere)||Check local listings|
|Altice USA||246 (HD/SD)|
|Verizon FiOS||575 (HD)|
|CenturyLink||1607 (HD), 607 (SD)|
|Google Fiber||216 (HD/SD)|
|PlayStation Vue||Core Package|
|Sling TV||Sports Extra Package|
|WatchESPN & ESPN App||Watch live|
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from pay television provider to access content)
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
|DirecTV Now||Internet Protocol Television|
|PlayStation Vue||Internet Protocol Television|
|YouTube TV||Internet Protocol Television|
|Hulu||Internet Protocol Television|
On May 2, 2013, SEC Commissioner Michael Slive and ESPN president John Skipper formally announced that as part of a long-term, 20-year agreement lasting through 2034, ESPN would launch SEC Network, a network devoted to the conference and an accompanying digital platform, in August 2014. The network would 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", and joins the Big Ten Network and Pac-12 Network as cable television networks devoted entirely to a single college athletics conference.
During the announcement of the SEC's football schedule for the 2014 season, Michael Slive officially announced that SEC Network would launch on August 14, 2014. Its first live regular season football games aired on August 28, 2014, between Texas A&M and South Carolina, and Temple and Vanderbilt.
SEC Network officially launched on August 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. ET with the premiere of its news program SEC Now, which featured live broadcasts from each SEC school, highlights from football training camps, and live look-ins of an exhibition women's soccer game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Creighton Bluejays (which was broadcast in its entirety via WatchESPN as the first live event produced by SEC Network).
SEC Network airs events across the 21 sports that are sanctioned by the conference; within its first year, the network and its digital outlets planned to broadcast at least 1,000 live events, with at least 450 on television. Annually, the network will broadcast about 45 football games, 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, and 75 baseball games.
For football, SEC Network airs three Saturday games per week in early, afternoon, and evening windows (plus any additional games on the alternate channel, if necessary), typically the least prominent games of the week. While CBS maintains its first pick of games for its afternoon telecast, it no longer has an exclusive broadcast window for SEC football games, allowing the SEC Network to air games alongside CBS. SEC Network announced plans to broadcast football games featuring all fourteen of the conference's member schools within the first month of the 2014 season.
Events not broadcast on television are streamed online through SEC Network's website and the WatchESPN service under the SEC Network Plus branding. ESPN staff worked with each SEC member school to ensure that they have in-house production facilities capable of originating programming and live events for SEC Network. These games also include home Conference USA men's soccer matches featuring the two men's soccer playing members of the SEC.
Original content on SEC Network includes studio and analysis programs, along with programs produced by the SEC's member institutions. Paul Finebaum signed with ESPN Radio to host The Paul Finebaum Show, which is simulcast by SEC Network, along with Finebaum's previous flagship station WJOX-FM. During college football season, it airs SEC Nation, a travelling pre-game show similar to ESPN's own College GameDay, hosted by ESPN commentator Laura Rutledge. The network also airs encore presentations of SEC events, along with classic games involving its members.
During late July/early August, the network airs a marathon of programming featuring all 14 of the conference’s schools, with each school “taking over” the network for 24 hours and airing various sporting events from the previous season and classic games as well.
On December 30, 2013, ESPN announced that former University of Florida, 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 also will make appearances on SEC Nation.
On March 12, 2014, ESPN named Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer as lead game announcers for SEC Network's football telecasts. As a result, Musburger was no longer assigned to Saturday Night Football or post-season bowl games. He remained a commentator for Big 12 basketball games aired on ESPN, and made a one-off return to call the 2014 Iron Bowl game. Musburger left ESPN in 2017 to pursue a new sports gambling radio network in Las Vegas, and was replaced on the flagship SEC Saturday Night by the new team of Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic.
On March 24, 2014, it was announced that former University of Alabama and New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy was hired as a college football analyst for the SEC Network on a multi-year contract. In August 2016, former Vanderbilt University quarterback Jordan Rodgers (brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers) was hired as a college football analyst.
AT&T U-verse was announced as the first television provider to agree to carry SEC Network. On January 13, 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 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, Time Warner Cable, and Charter Communications to carry the network, as they predominantly involved teams located within their service areas.
In March 2014, Dish Network reached an agreement to carry SEC Network as part of a wider carriage deal with Disney–ABC Television Group for its ABC owned-and-operated stations and cable television networks. On April 30, 2014, Google Fiber was added as a carrier. In June 2014, network head Justin Connolly expressed concern for the lack of carriage deals for SEC Network beyond those with AT&T and Dish Network, and considered the situation to be "alarming." However, he also noted that the network may successfully negotiate more carriage deals closer to its launch.
On July 9, 2014, Cox Communications, whose subscriber base includes four SEC markets, reached an agreement to carry SEC Network. Exact terms were not disclosed. Nine days later, ESPN also reached a deal with Comcast to carry SEC Network; in SEC markets, the provider will pay a carriage rate of $1.40 per-subscriber per month. On July 25, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks reached deals to carry SEC Network, followed by Cable One and Wide Open West on August 1. On August 2, 2014, Suddenlink Communications announced that it had reached an agreement to carry the network on the launch date. On August 4, 2014, DirecTV, and C Spire Wireless both announced agreements to carry the network (the latter deal was made through the National Cable Television Cooperative, in which C Spire would provide its Fiber to the Home HDTV subscribers with access to the SEC Network App). These announcements were followed by an agreement with Charter Communications on August 6, 2014. Mediacom reached an agreement to carry the network on August 14, 2014.
With the Mediacom agreement, the two major television providers that did not reach a carriage deal prior to launch were Verizon FiOS and Cablevision. However, on August 21, 2014, Sports Business Daily reported that Verizon FiOS had reached a deal to carry the network in its Texas and Florida service areas (which are within the SEC footprint). Cablevision does not have any markets within the SEC footprint. NASA has arranged for the SEC Network to be made available on the International Space Station.
Outside the United States, SEC Network will become available in Mexico in 2017.
The 2010 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 11–14, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena. The first, quarterfinal, and semifinal rounds were televised by SEC TV and the semifinals and finals were broadcast nationwide on ABC, with the exception of the majority of South Carolina markets.
The weekend games did not air in the market of the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia. ABC affiliate WOLO pre-empted the game and aired the 2010 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament semifinal and final matches instead, per syndication contract with Raycom Sports, with the current Raycom-WOLO contract continuing until the 2011 tournament. The games also did not air in the Greenville-Spartanburg area (also Asheville, NC), as ABC affiliate WLOS also aired the ACC tournament. Raycom had owned the syndication rights to SEC sports prior to this season.2010–11 Auburn Tigers men's basketball team
The 2010–11 Auburn Tigers men's basketball team represented Auburn University in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This season marked a new era for the school in more than one respect. It was the first year of the Tony Barbee era of Auburn basketball. Barbee replaced ousted coach Jeff Lebo who was fired after a 15–17 (6–10) season. Also, the Tigers left their home since the middle of the 1968–69 season, Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum, and moved into the new Auburn Arena.2011 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2011 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 10–13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia Dome. The first, quarterfinal, and semifinal rounds were televised through the SEC Network and the semifinals and finals were broadcast nationwide on ABC, with the exception of the majority of South Carolina markets.2012 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2012 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Southeastern Conference held from March 8 to 11, 2012 in New Orleans at the New Orleans Arena. The first round and quarterfinal rounds were televised through the SEC Network and the semifinals and final were broadcast nationally on ABC. This was also the first year teams were seeded #1 through #12, as the conference eliminated divisional play prior to the season, although the 2011-12 schedule was still structured based upon the divisions used from 1991-92 through 2010-11.
This was the last SEC tournament to have 12 teams. The addition of Missouri and Texas A&M from the Big 12 Conference had been announced prior to the season.2013 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2013 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Southeastern Conference held from March 13 to 17, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena. The first round and quarterfinal rounds were televised through the SEC Network and ESPNU, and the semifinals and finals were broadcast nationally on ABC.2015 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2015 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Southeastern Conference held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from March 11–15, 2015. The tournament consisted of five rounds and included all 14 SEC teams. Seeds 5 through 10 will receive a first-round bye, and the top four seeds will receive a "double bye" through the first round and second round. All games of the tournament were televised by the networks of ESPN, with the first three rounds on the SEC Network.2016 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2016 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was a postseason men's basketball tournament for the Southeastern Conference held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee March 9–13, 2016.
This year's tournament involved only 13 of the league's 14 teams. On January 13, 2016, Missouri, then being investigated by the NCAA for rules violations that occurred under the tenure of former head coach Frank Haith, announced that it would not participate in any postseason play this season. As a result, the #11 seed in the tournament was awarded a first-round bye, leaving the #12 seed–#13 seed game as the only game to be played on March 9.2017 Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team
The 2017 Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team represents the University of Arkansas in baseball at the Division I level in the NCAA for the 2017 NCAA Division I baseball season. They play their home games at Baum Stadium and are coached by Dave van Horn.ESPN Events
ESPN Events is an American sporting event promoter owned by ESPN Inc. It is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and shares its operations with SEC Network and formerly with ESPNU. The corporation organizes sporting events for broadcast across the ESPN family of networks, including, most prominently, a group of college football bowl games and in-season college basketball tournaments.
ESPN Events previously operated primarily as a syndicator of college sports broadcasts; the company was founded as Creative Sports, a sports programming syndicator that merged with Don Ohlmeyer's OCC Sports in 1996. After ESPN purchased the merged company, the division was renamed ESPN Regional Television (ERT), which distributed telecasts for syndication on broadcast stations and regional sports networks; these telecasts were also available on the ESPN GamePlan and ESPN Full Court out-of-market sports packages. Most of ERT's broadcasts were presented under the on-air branding ESPN Plus, but this name was later phased out in favor of dedicated on-air brands for each package, such as SEC Network (not to be confused with the current SEC Network cable channel).
Following its acquisition of the Las Vegas Bowl in 2001, ERT began to double as an organizer of sporting events. The subdivision, which later began to operate under the name ESPN Events, would acquire and establish other bowl games to provide additional post-season opportunities for bowl-eligible teams (and in turn, additional content for ESPN's networks). ESPN Events also organizes several pre-season tournaments in college basketball, as well as the season-opening Camping World Kickoff and Texas Kickoff football games.ESPN Regional Television began to wind down its syndication operations in the 2010s, as the proliferation of competing outlets (including other sports channels, conference-specific networks such as ESPN's own SEC Network, as well as digital services such as ESPN's own ESPN3 and WatchESPN platforms) took over most of the conference rights and overflow formerly held by the company.ESPN Xtra
ESPN Xtra is a satellite radio station that carries sports talk programming produced by ESPN. This channel is on Sirius XM Radio channel 84.
Three shows from local ESPN Radio owned-and-operated stations were added to the XM 141 lineup, including The Michael Kay Show and The Max Kellerman Show both from WEPN, and Galloway and Company from KESN (on a 4-hour delay). Bill Simmons's The B.S. Report podcast from ESPN.com is also aired on the new channel. In addition, the channel will air exclusive content to satellite radio throughout the year, and will include live events such as the ESPY Awards and the X Games.
XM announced the addition of this channel on January 28, 2008. Sirius announced changes to its audio simulcast of ESPNEWS, now called ESPN All Access, on December 12, 2007, but would not be adding any content announced for XM as it will be exclusive to XM.
On March 9, 2009, Max Kellerman was released from his WEPN contract after disputes over his show in at the station. The Brandon Tierney Show will be airing in the time slot until a permanent show is in place.
As of 2014, the station no longer carries the simulcasts of local ESPN shows, and it mainly simulcast ESPN's debate shows, including Get Up!, First Take, Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption. Paul Finebaum's SEC Network show airs in afternoon drive, with the rest of the schedule being audio simulcasts of SportsCenter from either ESPNEWS or whatever ESPN network is airing that show at the time. ESPN Xtra is also used as an overflow channel for live sports broadcasts, particularly for Major League Baseball.Kaylee Hartung
Kaylee Hartung (born November 7, 1985) was a reporter for CNN. She also worked for ESPN, where she contributed to the SEC Network, primarily on the show SEC Nation. She was a reporter for the Longhorn Network. She was a CBSNews.com reporter on the daily Washington Unplugged program and featured correspondent for Unplugged Under 40. Following a summer internship with NBC, she began her career as an assistant to Bob Schieffer, which led to an associate producer position on the Sunday public affairs program Face the Nation.Laura Rutledge
Laura Rutledge (née McKeeman; born October 2, 1988) is a reporter and host for CNN International, ESPN, and the SEC Network. She is an American beauty pageant titleholder from St. Petersburg, Florida, who was named Miss Florida 2012.List of ESPN College Football broadcast teams
The ESPN College Football Broadcast Teams are listed in the table below, including games broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, and ESPN Radio.
Note: All ESPN games are also simulcast on the ESPN App.
Broadcast pairings for college football are weekly and are subject to change.List of former SEC TV affiliates
This is a list of original affiliates of the ESPN Plus-operated SEC TV, a syndicated sports programming package that was operated by ESPN Plus, a unit of ESPN, Inc., and was in operation from September 5, 2009 until the end of the 2013-2014 basketball season, before the cable and satellite-exclusive SEC Network was launched in August of that year. All stations listed here are stations that have broadcast at least one Southeastern Conference football and/or basketball game from the service.Maria Taylor (analyst)
Suzette Maria Taylor (born May 12, 1987) is an analyst and host for ESPN and the SEC Network. She covers college football, college volleyball, and college men's and women's basketball.Paul Finebaum
Paul Alan Finebaum is an American sports author, television and radio personality, and former columnist. His primary focus is sports, particularly those in the Southeast. After many years as a reporter, columnist, and sports-talk radio host in the Birmingham area, Finebaum was hired by ESPN in 2013 for its new SEC Network starting in 2014, and produces a radio show out of the network's regional base in Charlotte, North Carolina.Finebaum attended Christian Brothers High School and White Station High School in Memphis before graduating from the University of Tennessee, where he received a degree in Political Science, in 1978. He served as host of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network, whose flagship station was on WJOX-FM from 2:05-6pm CST. The show was syndicated in Alabama (27 stations), Mississippi (2 stations), Tennessee (3), and on single stations in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and also heard on Sirius XM Radio's Channel 81. His radio show is simulcast every day on the SEC Network and heard on Sirius XM radio. He is also a regular on ESPN's College Football Live, Sportscenter, Golic & Wingo, First Take, Outside the Lines, SEC Nation and College GameDay. He is considered one of the medium's finest interviewers.
Recently, ESPN's Joe Tessitore, on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast (12-8-16) with Richard Deitsch, said: "If you asked me who are the two greatest interviewers on radio and television, I would say Paul Finebaum and Howard Stern." In the College GameDay episode of Origins, the new podcast, James Andrew Miller said: "Paul Finebaum knows the American Southeast like Jay-Z knows Brooklyn. And that's a big blast of wind at your back if your job is covering college football. His instincts as an interviewer rank him in the top tier of the sports world. And he is beyond mere savvy when it comes to speaking very virally." And in March, 2019, Bobby Burack writing in The Big Lead, praised his role as the preeminent voice in the game: "Finebaum's gives the most must-hear, mind-changing, make-you-stop-and-think opinions on the sport."
He has been a guest on television's Larry King Live, CBS' 60 Minutes, Nancy Grace, MSNBC's Morning Joe, HBO, and Tru TV. He is a recurring guest on Pardon My Take.SEC Network Football
SEC Network Football is a live game presentation of SEC football on the SEC Network. These telecasts have many different presenting sponsors, but some include Dr. Pepper, Allstate, and Regions Bank. There are typically 3 telecasts every Saturday during the college football regular season, though beginning in 2015, the SEC Network Alternate channel gets one game, usually during the 4:00 PM time slot. The Noon game is preceded by SEC Nation and succeeded by SEC Now which will also serve as a pregame and postgame show for the 4:00 game. The 7:30 game will be succeeded by SEC Scoreboard.SEC TV
SEC TV (formerly SEC Network) was a syndicated package featuring live broadcasts of college football and basketball events from the Southeastern Conference. It was owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television and shown in more than 50 percent of households in the United States, mostly Southeastern United States markets. SEC TV's football games typically aired in the noon eastern slot that was former home to the Jefferson-Pilot/Raycom Sports SEC game of the week. Games were shown locally on broadcast stations, regional sports networks, as well as on ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court, and WatchESPN.
SEC TV was replaced with a 24-hour cable network devoted to the conference, also named SEC Network, after the 2013–14 college sports season. The new SEC Network would assume the duty of broadcasting football games in the "early" window used by SEC TV.WatchESPN
WatchESPN (formerly ESPN Networks) is an Internet television website and mobile application operated by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which operates the network, through its 80% controlling ownership interest) and the Hearst Communications (which holds the remaining 20% interest).
The service provides streaming simulcasts of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater for select cable television subscribers in the United States; it is also the exclusive platform for broadcasts from ESPN3, which until 2011, had operated as a separate website with a similar functionality to WatchESPN. The service is only available to subscribers of participating cable, IPTV and satellite television providers, and is not offered as a standalone internet-only subscription service available to those who do not have a pay television subscription.
Since the launch of ESPN+ in 2018, ESPN has increasingly preferred paywalling new content acquisitions on the service instead of ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
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