The Southeastern Conference announced the launch of its own 24 hour network on May 2nd. The new SEC Network is slated to hit the airwaves in August 2014.
According to ESPN, the SEC and ESPN agreed to a 20-year deal. The network will feature more than 1,000 live events in the first year.
ESPN says, “included in the programming will be 45 football games, more than 100 men’s and more than 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games and selected events from the other 17 SEC sports. The network will also feature studio shows and coverage of special events such as signing day and football pro days.”
The Big Ten, Pac-12, and the Mountain West conferences already have their own television networks.
According to USA Today, “Some believe the combination of the current contract with CBS and the arrival of the SEC Network will produce in the neighborhood of $400 million in revenue annually — about $28.5 million per conference school.”
AT&T U-verse is the first provider to pick up the rights to the network.
For more information about the SEC Network, including a list of FAQs, visit LSUSports.net.