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SEC Network moves from ‘Project X’ to official reality

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Delayed due to the tragedy in Boston last week, the SEC Network is officially a public go.  And, as is the case on the field… in the NFL draft… on the recruiting trail, the preeminent football conference in the country is poised to once again top all others in revenue streams as well.

At a press conference in Atlanta Thursday morning attended by dozens of league luminaries, including all 14 head football coaches, commissioner Mike Slive unveiled the creation of the aptly-named SEC Network.  The joint venture with ESPN will officially launch in August of 2014, and in Slive’s words “marks the first time a conference will launch a network in collaboration with its primary rights holder.”

The hugely-profitable Big Ten Network was a joint venture with FOX Sports, which is not that conference’s primary rights holder.

While the conference would not get into financial specifics, with Slive saying only that they “believe this network will be very successful in terms of distribution and in terms of significant revenue,” it’s expected the SEC Network will be at least on par with its Big Ten counterpart.  The past two years, each member of the Big Ten outside of Nebraska — as a “new” member, the Cornhuskers are not yet entitled to a full share — received $7.2 million and $7.9 million from the conference’s network alone.  That number is expected to at least double to the neighborhood of $15 million annually per member by 2027.

The SEC should easily approach $10 million annually for each member school within five years.

“The SEC Network will provide an unparalleled fan experience of top quality SEC content presented across the television network and its accompanying digital platforms,” said Slive in a statement. “We will increase exposure of SEC athletics programs at all 14 member institutions, as we showcase the incredible student-athletes in our league. The agreement for a network streamlines and completes an overall media rights package that will continue the SEC’s leadership for the foreseeable future.”

Below are some notes from this afternoon’s much-hyped press conference:

– Three football games per week for 13 weeks and approximately 45 football games annually will be broadcast on the SEC Network annually.  Only two of the games per year, however, will be televised on Thursdays.  “We’re a Saturday league,” said Slive.

– CBS will no longer own the “exclusive window” for Saturday mid-afternoon SEC games as the network will televise games in three time slots: early afternoon (noon-ish), mid-afternoon (3:30) and evening (seven-ish).  CBS, though, will maintain the first choice of games involving SEC schools.

– The network will air 1,000 hours of live sporting events in its first year, with 450 of those hours coming on the network itself and 550 on various digital platforms.  Additionally, each SEC school will provide its own original content for the network.

– AT&T U-verse is the first media company to sign on as a distributor of the SEC Network.  Based solely on the number of football games that will be available, expect the likes of DirecTV, Dish network, Comcast, Time-Warner, et al to sign on at some point before the August launch date next year.

– The SEC and ESPN also announced that they have extended their media rights deal through 2034.  ESPN president John Skipper stated that he “believes this is the largest agreement in all of sports.”

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28 Responses to “SEC Network moves from ‘Project X’ to official reality”
  1. floridacock says: May 2, 2013 1:52 PM

    Higher coaches salaries will eat this up, so the schools will see little benefit.

  2. drummerhoff says: May 2, 2013 2:05 PM

    typo:

    “The SEC should easily … exceed … $10 million annually for each member school within five years.”

  3. frug says: May 2, 2013 4:29 PM

    Probably worth noting that the official name of the network is actually SEC ESPN Network.

  4. barkleyblows says: May 2, 2013 4:33 PM

    ESPiN and the SEC in bed together???!!! Shocking!!

  5. alligatorsnapper says: May 2, 2013 5:31 PM

    If ESPN is in bed with the SEC, I hope they don’t have a disease, since they also are in bed with every other conference.

  6. bman88 says: May 2, 2013 6:43 PM

    Espn’s relations with the tv contracts with different leagues is the definition of conflict of interest.

  7. rcali says: May 2, 2013 10:23 PM

    Little by little, losing college football to pay per view.

  8. huck222 says: May 3, 2013 12:05 AM

    And the Slaves (Student-Athletes) get taught by their Masters (universities) on how to stay in line and don’t think or want to much more of what you’re making for US! Damn shame! There is absolutely no respect and y’all love it!

  9. helladonks says: May 3, 2013 8:00 AM

    I sense, SEC rage a-coming

  10. jkulha86 says: May 3, 2013 12:59 PM

    I thought ESPN was already the SEC Network

  11. amosalanzostagg says: May 3, 2013 3:15 PM

    Thursday games? Methinks an SEC game Thanksgiving night to go up against Texas.

    LSU/A&M anyone?

  12. amosalanzostagg says: May 3, 2013 3:17 PM

    Huck,

    No one is forcing a Student Athlete to sign the NCAA
    scholarship papers are they?

  13. 8to80texansblog says: May 3, 2013 4:46 PM

    amosalanzostagg says:
    May 3, 2013 3:15 PM
    Thursday games? Methinks an SEC game Thanksgiving night to go up against Texas.

    LSU/A&M anyone?

    =======================

    That would be awesome!!!! Would CRUSH t.u vs Tx Tech in ratings.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: May 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    huck222 says:
    May 3, 2013 12:05 AM
    And the Slaves (Student-Athletes) get taught by their Masters (universities) on how to stay in line and don’t think or want to much more of what you’re making for US! Damn shame! There is absolutely no respect and y’all love it!

    ==========================

    You can say that the current arrangement between student athletes and the NCAA heavily favors the NCAA financially, but to compare student athletics to slavery is WAY out there….

  15. amosalanzostagg says: May 3, 2013 9:11 PM

    8to8,

    Conference has already talked with Arkansas about giving up the traditional Friday game after Thanksgiving with LSU to have the A&M/LSU matchup be played on Thanksgiving night. The SEC is building it as part of the “Rivalry weekend” A&M/
    LSU on Thursday night, Ole Miss

    The only problem is ongoing discussions with the NFL on the NFL Network showing 3 Pro games on Thanksgiving and that the NFL Network could have
    the Cowboys up against, the Aggies and the Longhorns, all on at the same time.

  16. huck222 says: May 4, 2013 12:26 AM

    Amosanalyzostagg,

    You say, no one is forcing them to sign? Well actually 99% of the time, the only way you can get a job in the NFL as a player is by going to college and being under the NCAA & NFL rules. The NFL is in cahoots with the NCAA, because they have a free farm system in place to support their multi billion dollar business! The two giant corporations get guarantee financial gain while the bottom level employee’s has nothing in place but to be stuck on hopes and dreams! Don’t even try that free education crap, because those young men out preform their contracts all the time!!!! Even the guys who don’t touch the field! Then if you get a degree; what does that guarantee? You guessed it smarty pants! Absolutely nothing! Face it! The NCAA has early 20th Century rules to govern the capitalistic 21st century and it’s by designed! Most of us Americans are to smart to see the dumbness!

  17. amosalanzostagg says: May 4, 2013 1:24 PM

    huck,

    That is life. Tell me huck, where does all the money that the NCAA makes go to? Simple question.

  18. huck222 says: May 4, 2013 7:36 PM

    Amosalazostagg,

    That’s life?

    What do you mean by that? I can only assume you are the kind of American that takes in the A$$ without moving? See, where I come from we wiggle to try and brake free, because rape is a horrible crime!

    Where does all the money the NCAA makes go?

    That’s the “TRILLION DOLLAR” question?

    I know they’re building on campus and the administrators are getting fat like all corporation personnel around the world.

    I just feel it’s flat out wrong to keep letting these capitalistic criminals get away freely….. I’m just saying!

  19. amosalanzostagg says: May 5, 2013 12:01 AM

    Huck,

    In other words, you have absolutely no clue what so ever of what and who the NCAA is. The NCAA, (National Collegiate Athletic ASSOCIATION) represents over 600,000 student athletes, male and female over three divisions Division I, II and III. The proceeds of the NCAA TV contracts go to fund athletic scholarships and facilities for schools that never play on the national stage in over 64 different sports.

    The big time money sports of FBS Football and Men’s basketball funds over 300 NCAA member institutions and those 600,000 athletic scholarships.

    So you’re enough of a bigot and a racist to deny disadvantaged inner city kids the opportunity to obtain a college degree? You have no clue as to
    what constitutes a major athletic program, much less the valuation of a college education. The cost of a college education have skyrocketed over a 1000% since the early 1980’s.

    BTW, The NCAA is not a corporation, It’s a 501(c)3 non profit trust with strict IRS reporting guidelines. So rather than denigrate an organization of which you have absolutely no knowledge what so ever, do some homework.

    Oh, name the stadium or athletic facility has built?

    You can’t because INDIVIDUAL universities build and maintain their own facilities usually with the help of Federal and local funds, not the NCAA.

  20. huck222 says: May 5, 2013 10:56 PM

    Amosalanzostagg,

    Hold on my brotha…. Never am I a bigot or racist! I’m from the inner city and I know, a lot of other Americans think we 15% (meaning African-American) community is the down fall of these wacko’s dumbness. The NCAA is not a corporation, but acts as one… The universities act as separate companies under the NCAA who acts like a corporation.

    My position is this; America is separating the upper class and lower class, because they simply don’t want to share or help their brethren… See Healthcare for our nation…..

    amosalanzostagg,
    The big time money sports of FBS Football and Men’s basketball funds over 300 NCAA member institutions and those 600,000 athletic scholarships.

    Your statement above is where the game is being played!

    The money the Football and Basketball makes should be for them only or at least 80% of it should be! If them other sports can’t generate their own money they should be shut down! That’s the new American way! They shutting or cutting down all educational projects in every inner city of America, but will help a foreigner! Whether the cost of a college education has gone up to a 1000% is no difference than a Mc Donald’s meal going up a 1000% and they still pay minimum wage with no benefits!

    I’m for the people and I hate this global corporate phucking! I want to say more, but my daughter science project has my attention… I still believe in Love! 

  21. amosalanzostagg says: May 6, 2013 9:20 AM

    Huck.

    Focus.

    Do you get rid of the the NCAA because of your misguided notion that they are fat cats or do you stay committed to educating kids? Simple question.

    As to being a bigot, you said it so eloquently in your own words

    “They shutting or cutting down all educational projects in every inner city of America, but will help a foreigner! ”

    I guess undocumented aliens do not deserve the same opportunities as any other kid, right? Your world must be very small and very limited.

    Sad

  22. 8to80texansblog says: May 6, 2013 3:47 PM

    @Huck

    The NCAA obviously profits richly off of football and basketball. And I agree that the current system has flaws. But your logic is really messed up….

    Huck says: “The money the Football and Basketball makes should be for them only or at least 80% of it should be! If them other sports can’t generate their own money they should be shut down! That’s the new American way!”

    Then RIGHT after that you complain that “Whether the cost of a college education has gone up to a 1000% is no difference than a Mc Donald’s meal going up a 1000% and they still pay minimum wage with no benefits! ”

    These are two completely opposing ideas….

  23. huck222 says: May 6, 2013 6:24 PM

    Amosalanzostagg,

    I am against illegal foreigners receiving better benefits than any American citizen! Me sad or you just plain stupid? The NCAA SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN AS WE KNOW IT!

    8to8Otexansblog,

    Ya boy “amosalanzostagg” said, college education went up a 1000% so I guess he was trying to explain that the money the players generated pays for their tuition. I think? Lol… Look, I’m not for these corporate rapist doing justifiable rapping and the people loving it! Once again! Rape is a horrible crime! I respect y’all’s opinion…. All good!

  24. amosalanzostagg says: May 7, 2013 9:23 AM

    Huck,

    No, you’re quite the sad individual.

    You’re a sexist who wants to deny women a chance at a quality college education because King Football and Prince Basketball (both male sports) make the money to fund non revenue sports,particularly for women.

    You’re a bigot of the worst kind because you evaluate people based on the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. I think MLK said that in his
    “Free at last “speech in DC.

    The NCAA provides a venue for 600,000 student athletes to obtain a meaningful opportunity to gain a college education, it’s what they do with their opportunity for an education that will determine their quality of life afterward.

    All you have done is toss fire bombs without a actual modicum of knowledge of how the NCAA actually works. Maybe you should try educating yourself BEFORE you speak.

  25. 8to80texansblog says: May 7, 2013 3:34 PM

    @ Huck

    When I say those two thoughts are completely opposing ideas I mean, One hand you say that college sports should be selected by natural selection and the ones that don’t make money should just die off. But on the other hand you complain that even though inflation has raised the price of a happy meal that minimum wage hasn’t changed. (by the way that’s just not true)

    One of these statements argues for a free market society and the second argues for an increasing price floor on wages. These ideas are completely opposing each other.

    Ironically, your backwards logic has most of us arguing for something we normally argue against….

  26. huck222 says: May 7, 2013 3:43 PM

    Amosalanzostagg,

    You win smarty pants! You have called me a Bigot for sticking up for American citizens… The you put your ideas about my foreigner statement by saying, Based on the color of someone’s skin they should’ve been denied rights! Last I checked a foreigner could be of African, European, Asian or Latino descent….

    Then you have the nerve to state I would want them to deny women an education! You are so delusional! The private sector of America are sending their children to college and these are the same people that cry about their taxes being cut up so much to help the less fortunate! I clearly understand your position and respect it! No harm! No foul! Dr. King was a great man, but instead of being included with another group! We should’ve kept building our own infrastructure up so we wouldn’t be in such the mess that exists today! That’s another story! Peace!

  27. amosalanzostagg says: May 8, 2013 8:27 PM

    Huck,

    I know I win, because your own words indict you.

    huck222 wrote on May 3, 2013 12:05 AM

    “And the Slaves (Student-Athletes) get taught by their Masters (universities) on how to stay in line and don’t think or want to much more of what you’re making for US! Damn shame! There is absolutely no respect and y’all love it!”

    You equate an individual who freely signs an NCAA Grant in Aid to the University of their choice to gain a college education to slavery. A truly sick mind.

    You then state

    ” Huck says: “The money the Football and Basketball makes should be for them only or at least 80% of it should be! If them other sports can’t generate their own money they should be shut down! That’s the new American way!”

    You are being a sexist in denying an educational opportunity to women to attend college.

    I stated “I guess undocumented aliens do not deserve the same opportunities as any other kid, right? Your world must be very small and very limited.”

    You countered with

    “I am against illegal foreigners receiving better benefits than any American citizen! Me sad or you just plain stupid? The NCAA SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN AS WE KNOW IT! ”

    So people should not judged on the content of their character and the fact that they are qualified to attend an American University because they take a slot away from an American student who may or may not be qualified to attend a University?

    Huck, ever hear of Title IX? NCAA has. No you much rather enjoy your small pathetic world in the morass of ignorance, sexism and bigotry dominate.

    Huck, tell me what cuts have been done to the US Dept of Education for pre-k through college? Answer, none. The sequester “cuts” merely froze spending at
    2011 levels. 2011 spending was up 17% over 2010 and up 27% from 2009. The source is the US Dept of Education and the NEA.

  28. 8to80texansblog says: May 9, 2013 5:08 PM

    Times up, Let’s do dis! Leeroooooy JENKins!!!!!

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