The SEC Network
Do you know whether or not you will be able to see the 24-hour SEC Network that is due to launch in August? The network that will air 45 football games, 100 men's basketball games, 75 baseball games, 60 women's basketball games and 50 softball games live next year? The network that will distribute more than 1,000 live events across its television network and digital extension during the 2014-15 athletic year?
If you aren't sure of the answer, please find out. And, while you are pondering that question, you need to realize that all of the events I just noted are games that will not air on CBS, any of ESPN's other platforms, or any of the league's other sister networks. And you also need to know that, without the SEC Network, you will not have access to those events via wireless devices.
The SEC Network is shaping up to be one of the most historically significant endeavors in the long and storied history of our league. We believe the SEC Network will be great for the league, our schools, our student-athletes, our fans, and alumni. It will serve fans within the large SEC footprint and nationwide. The SEC Network has the potential to be an unprecedented vehicle for our league to showcase virtually all our sports teams, our talented student-athletes, and coaches. It also has the potential to generate significant revenues to our league. The critical element to achieving national exposure and significant revenue generation is distribution. How many and which cable and satellite providers will carry the SEC Network?
It is scheduled to launch in August. Historically, cable and satellite providers tend to wait until the 11th hour to make decisions on carrying new networks as negotiations are intense and the numbers are large. There is much work that ESPN and the SEC must do to secure significant distribution before the launch date. August will be here in a blink, so we want our fans to learn as much as we know as we enter this exciting new venture. If you are interested in seeing where your provider stands with the SEC Network I encourage you to go to www.getsecnetwork.com.
At the "Get SEC Network" website, you can type in your zip code and find out if your cable or satellite provider plans to carry the channel. If they don't, I encourage you to call them up and ask them (ever so nicely, mind you) to do so. Meanwhile, you can follow the progress of distribution via social media by following @SECNetwork on Twitter for updates.
Here's another chance to let your voice be heard. If your local provider is not currently in line to offer the SEC Network, please contact them and let them know how important this is to you.