The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network, which will launch in August 2014, it was announced today by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and ESPN President John Skipper.
The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year.
The network will televise approximately 45 SEC football games, more than 100 menâ??s basketball games, 60 womenâ??s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SECâ??s 21 sports annually.
Programming will also include studio shows, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, signing day and pro days coverage.
Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform.
The network and its digital extensions will connect with each SEC institution and create opportunities for each school to produce and develop content.
â??The SEC Network will provide an unparalleled fan experience of top quality SEC content presented across the television network and its accompanying digital platforms,â?? stated Slive. â??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 SECâ??s leadership for the foreseeable future.â??
Each weekend throughout the season, the new network will air multiple top-tier matchups from the strongest conference in college football.
Since 2006, the SEC has claimed seven consecutive football national championships.
In 2011-12, SEC teams won eight national championships: football (Alabama), menâ??s basketball (Kentucky), gymnastics (Alabama), menâ??s indoor track and field (Florida), womenâ??s tennis (Florida), womenâ??s golf (Alabama), menâ??s outdoor track and field (Florida), and softball (Alabama).
Since 1990, the SEC has won 149 national team championships for an average of more than six per year.
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