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The SEC Network to Reach Astonishing 87 Million Homes
By Cristina Naldini, Contributing Writer
Sports lovers rejoice: ESPN (News - Alert) and DirecTV have come to an agreement today to include the SEC Network in its lineup once it officially launches on Aug. 14. The SEC Network, ESPN and the SEC’s joint channel, will expand its reach to a whopping 87 million with this agreement, up 27 million from ESPN’s prior carriage deals with other entertainment providers.
The SEC (News - Alert) Network is a college sports network dedicated to covering the Southeastern Conference, one of the biggest athletic conferences in the country. Other programs that will be featured are SEC Storied, a show highlighting the history of different institutions and players in the SEC, and a simulcast of the SEC's already popular radio show, The Paul Finebaum Show.
Viewers can look forward to the first SEC broadcast on August 28 which will air the match between Texas A&M and South Carolina—what should be an exciting game. From then on, all college football games in the Southeastern Conference will be aired—45 games for college football, 75 games for baseball, over 100 games for men's basketball and 60 games for women's basketball during the course of the first year to be exact.
"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," said Mike Slive, the SEC Commissioner.
DirecTV (News - Alert) noted that the SEC Network will be included in its "Choice" tier in states within the SEC. With the addition of the network to DirecTV’s lineup, this year’s Southeastern Conference is in line to have the most viewers ever—something the SEC, DirecTV and college teams can get excited about. It’s clear that the SEC Network will completely change the way fans watch sports and will enhance their overall viewing experience.
Edited by Maurice Nagle