ESPN, Verizon Sign New Deal For SEC Network Broadcasts

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Courtesy: ESPN/SEC Network

ESPN and Verizon have signed a new television deal.

The deal between ESPN and Verizon will allow Verizon to carry its brand new SEC Network on Verizon’s FiOS platform.  The terms of the deal will allow the SEC Network to air on Verizon FiOS beginning before August 28th.  Verizon customers in Florida and Texas that already receive ESPN as aprt of their FiOS TV package will be able to get the SEC Network on channels 75 and 575.  FiOS subscribers in all other markets who already receive FiOS Extreme and Ultimate will be able to pick up the SEC network on Channnel 75 upon the network’s launch through FiOS.

Terry Denson, Verizon’s VP for content acquisition and strategy, was optimistic about the new deal between Verizon and ESPN.  He noted the predictions for SEC teams in a number of preseason polls and ratings for SEC football games as reasons for Verizon’s deal with ESPN.  “We welcome the SEC Network to FiOS TV and look forward to carrying the studio content and athletic events it will offer, including the season-opening football doubleheader on Aug. 28,” he said.  “The preseason college poll lists eight SEC teams in the top 25; SEC football ratings are head and shoulders above other conferences; and SEC fans are extraordinarily and uniquely passionate about not only those teams but the entire conference as well. This deal with Disney-ESPN reinforces our already strong partnership with them which involves much more than this great new network.”

Sean Breen, Senior VP of affiliate sales for Disney and ESPN Media Networks also discussed the deal, noting that the deal means an even broader swatch of audiences will be able to receive the SEC Network.  “With the addition of Verizon FiOS, SEC Network is now available on nine of the top 10 multichannel video distributors in the country,” he said.  We look forward to serving their customers in time for college football season.”

Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Thought, it is known that included in the deal is the rights to the FiOS Mobile app as well as live-viewing rights and additional live and on-demand content scheduled for both the SEC Network and various mobile platforms via WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com.  The FiOS mobile app will be available to FiOS customers in the near future.

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ESPN, DISH Sign New Multi-Year SEC Network Broadcast Deal

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Courtesy: ESPN/SEC Network/DISH

A new deal between ESPN and DISH has given DISH carriage rights to the fledgling SEC network when the multiplatform network launches this Summer.

DISH will begin carrying the SEC Network beginning August 14th, 2014.  The announced deal is just one part of a much larger groundbreaking deal signed this week between DISH and The Walt Disney Company.  It makes DISH the first nationwide television provider for the SEC Network.  The multiplatform deal includes coverage of over one thousand live events in just its first year.  That number includes no fewer than forty-five exclusive SEC football games, over one hundred men’s basketball games, sixty women’s basketball games, seventy-five baseball games, fifty softball games, and even more events throughout the SEC’s twenty-one different sports.

As with the deal giving DISH broadcast rights for the Longhorn Network, this deal will see the SEC Network added to DISH America’s Top120+ and higher packages nationwide.  Those that add the SEC Network to their satellite package will also have access to the network’s digital platform.  That will allow audiences access to SEC Network content at home and on the go via computers and mobile web.

Terms of the deal partner ESPN and the SEC through 2034.  Dave Shull, DISH Executive VP and CCO, spoke on behalf of the network in an interview about the deal.  “Few fan bases rival the passion and loyalty of the SEC, and DISH is proud to be the first nationwide television provider of the SEC Network,” he said.  “We strive to give our customers and consumers what they want, and there’s no better place for the college sports fan than with DISH.”

Justin Connolly, ESPN Senior VP of College Networks, expanded on Shull’s comments explaining just how important the deal is to ESPN and DISH. “This agreement provides DISH customers nationwide with access to every SEC college football game this fall and an unparalleled fan experience of more SEC content than ever before,” he said.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive also spoke with reporters after the groundbreaking deal was signed and sealed.  He expressed to reporters the importance of the deal not only for the SEC, but also for fans of SEC athletics.  “This is an important day for the SEC Network,” he said.  “We are pleased to welcome DISH to the SEC family. More than five months ahead of the network launch, it’s exciting to have a national distributor and our first satellite provider onboard. Now SEC fans from across the country have another way to show their conference pride and sign up to get the SEC Network.”

DISH customers can find out later this year where they can find the SEC network on their carrier online at http://www.dish.com.  More information on this deal and more from ESPN is available online at http://espn.go.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPN.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Tebow Added To SEC Network, ESPN Staff

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Courtesy: ESPN

Former college football standout Tim Tebow had a hard time finding his place in the NFL.  But now, it looks like the former Florida Gator star will be hanging up his cleats in favor of a suit and tie.  That’s because he has been hired by the SEC Network.  Tebow will serve as an analyst for the networks’ pre-game show SEC Nation.  The terms of his deal also include contributions on ESPN’s SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and ESPN’s annual Heisman Trophy award show coverage.  Tebow will make his ESPN debut on Monday, January 6th.  He will serve as an analyst for ESPN’s pre-game coverage of the 2013 Vizio BCS National Championship.  Audiences can catch his contributions on SportsCenter at 9am, College Football Live at 3pm, and College GameDay Built By The Home Depot at 7pm.

Along with his duties on ESPN, Tebow will also be part of the fledgling SEC Network’s studio coverage of college football’s new College Football Playoffs.  The new playoff system begins with the 2014 college football season.  Tebow is the first college football analyst signed by the new network.  He will be joined Joe Tessitore and Paul Finebaum.  Tessitore is the lead ringside announcer for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and will be host of SEC Nation.  Finebaum is host of The Paul Finebaum radio show.  The very first edition of SEC Nation will broadcast live Thursday, August 28th from Columbia, South Carolina where the Gamecocks of South Carolina will host the Aggies of Texas A&M University.  The SEC Network will have exclusive coverage of the game.  The weekly pre-game show will make its two-hour Saturday debut on Saturday, August 30 from 10am – noon.  That broadcast will come live from the campus of Auburn, where the Tigers will host the Arkansas Razorbacks.  SEC Nation will air every Saturday throughout the college football season.  It will offer a comprehensive look at all of the biggest of each week’s college football matchups.

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ESPN Releases 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball Broadcast Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN/SEC

ESPN has released its broadcast schedule for the 2014 SEC College basketball regular season.  The Worldwide Leader in Sports” will kick off the up SEC’s upcoming College Basketball Season Tuesday, January 7th with a matchup between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Bengal Tigers of LSU on ESPN.  It is the first of 120 SEC conference games that will be broadcast across the ESPN family of networks.  Every Tuesday, ESPN and ESPNU will two SEC games during conference play.  This schedule includes the return of the highly popular Super Tuesday series.  That series features an SEC-Big Ten doubleheader each year.  Meanwhile, ESPN or ESPN2 will feature and SEC battle on the hardwood every Thursday.  Saturday’s SEC showcase will feature at least one game on ESPNU and ESPN or ESPN2.

The 2014 SEC schedule includes a Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV broadcast.  College GameDay Covered by State Farm will also broadcast live from Kentucky as the Wildcats host the Hurricanes.  That matchup will take place February 15th at 9pm ET on ESPN.  Rece Davis hosts College GameDay and is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, and Jalen Rose.   ESPNU carries a two-hour edition of College GameDay every Saturday morning at 10am ET that continues at 11am on ESPN.  ESPN airs a one-hour edition of College GameDay every Saturday night at 8pm ET.

True diehard SEC and college basketball fans will be able to catch eight exclusive SEC matchups and a simulcast of every SEC Network and regional syndication partner broadcast.  Fans can even get ESPN Full Court, ESPN’s out-of-market-pay-per-view package to get even more games.

The SEC Network, ESPN Regional Television’s over-the-air syndication package, will have forty more games in addition to all of the games presented across the ESPN family of networks.  And the SEC Network will also present the SEC Studio Show every Saturday afternoon from the regular season through the SEC Tournament.

All SEC games can be viewed not only on television, but also online.  All content available across the ESPN family of networks will also be available online via WatchESPN, WatchESPN.com and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE for Gold members.  Audiences with Apple TV will also be able to get their games through that outlet if they have a video subscription from an affiliated provider.

The full ESPN family of networks SEC College basketball schedule is available below.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and SEC Network 2013 SEC Men’s Basketball Schedule

Dates, times and television listings subject to change

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Tue, Jan 7 7 p.m. Tennessee at LSU ESPN
9 p.m. Vanderbilt at Alabama ESPNU
Wed, Jan 8 7 p.m. South Carolina at Florida ESPN3 ** &  CSS
8 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Georgia at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. Arkansas at Texas AM ESPN3 ** & FSN
Thu, Jan 9 7 p.m. Auburn at Ole Miss ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Jan 11 1 p.m. Florida at Arkansas ESPN2
1:30 p.m. LSU at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
2 p.m. Missouri at Auburn ESPN2
4 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU
Alabama at Georgia ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & FSN
Tue, Jan 14 7 p.m. Georgia at Florida ESPNU
9 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas ESPN
Wed, Jan 15 7 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & CSS
8 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
South Carolina at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. LSU at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & CSS
Thu, Jan 16 7 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Jan 18 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Arkansas at Georgia ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
2 p.m. Alabama at Missouri ESPN or ESPN2
4 p.m. Florida at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4:30 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & FSN
9 p.m. Vanderbilt at LSU ESPNU
Tue, Jan 21 7 p.m. Missouri at LSU ESPNU
9 p.m. Texas A&M at Kentucky ESPN
Wed, Jan 22 8 p.m. Arkansas at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
South Carolina at Georgia ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & CSS
TBD Auburn at Mississippi State ESPN3
Thu, Jan 23 7 p.m. Florida at Alabama ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Jan 25 1 p.m. Vanderbilt at Texas A&M ESPNU
1:30 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Tennessee at Florida ESPN or ESPN2
Mississippi State at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
South Carolina at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Auburn at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. LSU at Alabama ESPN2
Tue, Jan 28 7 p.m. Missouri at Arkansas ESPNU
9 p.m. Kentucky at LSU ESPN
Wed, Jan 29 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia ESPN3 ** & CSS
8 p.m. Ole Miss at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Alabama at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
TBD Texas A&M at South Carolina ESPN3
Thu, Jan 30 7 p.m. Florida at Mississippi State ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 1 1:30 p.m. South Carolina at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Georgia at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Texas A&M at Florida ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
5 p.m. Arkansas at LSU ESPNU
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. Tennessee at Alabama ESPN2
Tue, Feb 4 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Kentucky ESPNU
9 p.m. Missouri at Florida ESPN
Wed, Feb 5 8 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. Mississippi State at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & CSS
TBD Tennessee at Vanderbilt ESPN3
TBD Auburn at South Carolina ESPN3
Thu, Feb 6 7 p.m. LSU at Georgia ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 8 Noon Alabama at Florida ESPN
1:30 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
3 p.m. South Carolina at Tennessee ESPNU
4 p.m. Arkansas at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Auburn at LSU ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
5 p.m. Missouri at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & FSN
TBD Texas A&M at Georiga ESPN3 ** & CSS
Tue, Feb 11 7 p.m. Florida at Tennessee ESPN
9 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama ESPNU
Wed, Feb 12 8 p.m. Kentucky at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Vanderbilt at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & CSS
9 p.m. Georgia at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & FSN
Thu, Feb 13 7 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 15 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Mississippi State at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Tennessee at Missouri ESPN or ESPN2
Alabama at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Ole Miss at Georgia ESPN3 ** & FSN
5 p.m. LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
9 p.m. Florida at Kentucky ESPN
Tue, Feb 18 7 p.m. Kentucky at Ole Miss ESPN
9 p.m. Georgia at Tennessee ESPNU
Wed, Feb 19 7 p.m. Auburn at Florida ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. Vanderbilt at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Mississippi State at LSU ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & CSS
Thu, Feb 20 7 p.m. Alabama at Texas A&M ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 22 1:30 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
3 p.m. Tennessee at Texas A&M ESPNU
4 p.m. LSU at Kentucky ESPN or ESPN2
Arkansas at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Vanderbilt at Auburn ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. Missouri at Alabama ESPN2
Tue, Feb. 25 7 p.m. Florida at Vanderbilt ESPN
9 p.m. Missouri at Georgia ESPNU
Wed, Feb 26 8 p.m. Tennessee at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Texas A&M at LSU ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. South Carolina at Auburn ESPN3 ** & FSN
TBD Alabama at Ole Miss ESPN3
Thu, Feb 27 7 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Mar 1 Noon Vanderbilt at Tennessee ESPN or ESPN2
1:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
3 p.m. Auburn at Alabama ESPNU
4 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina ESPN or ESPN2
Ole Miss at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & FSN
Tue, Mar 4 7 p.m. Florida at South Carolina ESPNU
9 p.m. Alabama at Kentucky ESPN
Wed, Mar 5 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Georgia ESPN3 ** & CSS
8 p.m. Tennessee at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
TBD Ole Miss at Arkansas ESPN3
TBD Texas A&M at Missouri ESPN3
Thu, Mar 6 7 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Mar 8 1:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Missouri at Tennessee ESPN
South Carolina at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Auburn at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
5 p.m. Georgia at LSU ESPN3 ** & FSN
TBD Arkansas at Alabama ESPN3

 

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