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SEC Network Launches … Do you have a provider yet?

By on August 15th, 2014 in Football, News 12 Comments »
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 Tim Tebow, one of  the SEC Network’s main analysts celebrated his birthday on the Network’s debut.

After months of hype the SEC Networked launched at 5 pm Thursday just in time for football season. In two weeks the broadcast of the league’s opening football game will take place on August 28 when Texas A&M plays South Carolina at 6pm. The game will be the first of a doubleheader with Vanderbilt hosting Temple at 9:15 p.m. Auburn will debut two days later Aug. 30 when it host Arkansas in a 3pm game.

The first broadcast yesterday opened with the Florida mascot presenting on air commentator, Tim Tebow with a birthday cake. Afterwards, the show ‘SEC Live’ began with a look at what is presently going on around the conference.

It will be interesting to see what the impact will be on the conference other than the millions of dollars expected to pour into the league coffers. Will flooding the airwaves with so much SEC sports make the SEC more attractive around the nation or will it increase the resentment in some quarters for the biggest brand in college sports?

One things for sure, the network will not fail. And not just because it has the most rabid fan base in America but because its parent network will not allow it to be unsuccessful.

ESPN has a 20-year agreement with the league through 2034. And the SEC network will provide more than 1,000 events in its first year. The league will have a constant 24 hour on air presence year round. ESPN Senior Vice President, Justin Conally said, ” We want to bring the passion and excellence of the SEC on screen and serve SEC fans any time, anywhere.”

This year alone there will be 45 SEC football games and more than 160 men’s and women’s basketball games. In addition fans can watch 75 baseball games, 50 softball games, 45 volleyball matches, and 25 soccer games. And of course plenty of the in studio analysis type shows will be available.

It’s an SEC fan’s dream … well except for when Paul Finebaum will be spewing out his love for everything crimson.

Editor’s Note:
If you haven’t got a provider yet, we suggest you contact the folks at Dish Network. They are the only nationwide provider of the SEC Network. You can reach them at 1-800-908- 6194. For the best rates be sure to enter the promocode #TRACKEMTIGERS.  All those that sign up using this promocode will receive a team flag. Just tell the rep when you call which SEC team/flag you would like to receive.

12 Comments

  1. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    Well after the 1st day, I can guarantee that there are a lot of Connecticut School of Broadcasting students that are really looking forward to graduation!

    I know it was the 1st day, but boy did that look rough. You would think that ESPN would get some more established talent to work on the 1st day and give a good 1st impression. I know it will get better but I cringed watching these folks trying to work on a live camera. Well at least Maria Taylor looked good. Our buddy Greg McElroy probably had to change his shorts after his stint.

    I must say I’m a little disappointed so far in the sports coverage announced so far, especially in baseball. I think baseball has the most to gain from the network in terms of exposure and I don’t think 75 games is going to cut it.

    Since I live up in DC I am very glad DirectTV finally got a deal done and now I shouldn’t have to worry about missing any games. Now all I have to do is survive all the Alabama and Florida hype.

    • SEC_Eric says:

      Agree with that it’s got to get better, and LOL on the McElroy comment.

      • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

        I’ll give Greg credit, there was one point where he looked totally lost when he couldn’t finish a thought and you could tell he was moments away from just saying “and boom goes the dynamite!!”. I almost got a flop sweat for him. But he recovered in time to just look like a REALLY uncomfortable rookie broadcaster.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      I’m with you on the hype statement Colonel and I too was disappointed in 75 baseball games. That’s one thing I was looking forward to. Even though I live within an hour from campus, it’s still hard to make those midweek games but I could tape them and watch them at home.

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……I haven’t been able to watch it, yet. We’ve got Charter at home, and I’ve not been able to get an answer as to whether the cheaper plan will include it. I’m hoping I don’t have to upgrade to Silver. Son of a ___ches made us get cable boxes earlier this summer.

    ……We are currently finishing a week at Ft. Walton Beach, and Direct TV that we’ve got here STILL doesn’t have the network.

  3. tigertracker says:

    Please tells I’m not the only one that saw Nick Saban compare bama’s NC rings to ashtrays while talking with Marcus Spears. If Finebaum didn’t blow up today we should make that happen. I recorded a 40 second clip on my phone for posterity if I need to send it to anyone. Priceless!

  4. uglyjoe says:

    I have to throw out a different point of view…..my evening ritual has been to start at channel 143 (vh1-classic) and move up through the movie channels until I find something to vegetate through. Now I can got to the SEC Network. I watched for about two hours last night, and while maybe not polished, it was really cool to get non-stop SEC coverage, even for background noise. I like it.

    Paul, found a few grammatical errors in your post. Fix that please.

  5. uglyjoe says:

    However, I will admit that Tebow is better at playing football rather than talking about it.

  6. BeachTiger BeachTiger says:

    Acid, DirecTV users have to have a certain package or higher to get the SEC Network, so where you’re at may not have the package required to receive it (which is Ch. 611). I live on Pensacola Beach, so welcome to the hood… you’ve had some great weather this week.

    I did notice that the BigTen Network, which is Ch. 610 on DirecTV, has 5 dedicated channels starting with 610 and going through 610d. Does anyone know, once the season starts, if the SEC Network will expand to something similar? It would be nice to have 5+ dedicated channels on Saturday afternoons!

    WDE

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Yes, indeed we had a great weather week. Got rained on Sunday and Monday afternoon, and nice partly cloudy skies the rest of the week. Water was bathtub warm, and hardly any waves. Didn’t get to ride any waves, but calm seas are great for digging a wet sand hole at the edge of the water, and building sand castles!

      ……Charter Cable has the SEC Network on channel 811, and there’s an “alternate channel on 820. And these seem to be working even on my basic “Charter Select” package. Big10 Network, as well as the NFL network are “not authorized.” Meaning, I’d have to pay $30 or so more a month. Nope. I am enjoying all the high-def football, watched some of Tebow and Co. beating Stoops in 2008 while I fixed food this evening. Will be an interesting fall, watching digital TV. I expect my days of being ahead of folks on the live thread are over…

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..And yes, we did get a few shots from Ft. Walton Beach…