Will You Be Able to See the SEC Network?
Yesterday I found myself starring semi-comatose at the Belgium-Russia World Cup Soccer match. This is what happens to college football fans in the summer. You sit in front of the television for six hours watching a sport you don’t understand and then walk away speaking with a British accent.
The good news is that Auburn kicks-off 10 Saturdays from now. I couldn’t believe it when I counted. It was like finding a $20 bill in the pocket of a dirty pair of jeans. Football season is actually getting close.
Speaking of television, it’s never too early to look at the television schedule for Week One in the SEC. The million dollar question is whether your cable or satellite provider will be carrying the SEC Network. More on that in a minute.
Here’s how Week One shakes out for SEC Fans…
Thursday, August 28th
Texas A&M at South Carolina, 5:00 PM CT, SEC Network
Ole Miss vs. Boise State (Atlanta), 7:00 PM CT, ESPN
Temple at Vanderbilt, 8:15 PM ET, 9:15 PM CT, SEC Network
Saturday, August 30th
UT Martin at Kentucky, 11:00 PM CT, SEC Network
South Dakota State at Missouri, 2:30 PM CT, ESPNU
Alabama vs. West Virginia (Atlanta), 2:30 PM CT, ABC
Arkansas at Auburn, 3:00 PM CT, SEC Network
Clemson at Georgia, 4:30 PM CT, ESPN
Idaho at Florida, 6:00 PM CT, ESPNU
Southern Miss at Mississippi State, 6:30 PM CT, SEC Network
LSU vs. Wisconsin (Houston), 8:00 PM CT, ESPN
Sunday, August 31st
Utah State at Tennessee, 6:00 PM CT, SEC Network
With the new conference network showing six games on opening weekend, you are pretty much out of luck if you can’t get the channel. As of now, only Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse have committed to carry it on a national basis. Many smaller cable companies have already joined.
If you are not sure about your area, there’s a website, getsecnetwork.com where you can check availability in your town. The site is pretty aggressive, allowing fans to send emails to their providers requesting the network. It’s even offering up a signed letter from the SEC coach of your choice if you fill out the form.
I’m a DirecTV subscriber. I love the service, but I’ve given them until the second week of August before I switch to Dish Network. These satellite companies are notorious for waiting until the last hour to strike a deal with networks. That will probably be too late for most Southerners.
I hope DirecTV, Comcast and some of these larger cable companies understand the passion of SEC football. They stand to lose substantial money from viewers in the Southern states. Trying to wait the SEC out will not work in this case. Fans will just switch.
I hope they are listening.