ESPN Regional Television and Southeastern Conference Introduce ‘SEC Network,’ Announce Syndication Package
Exclusive Regional SEC Coverage Debuts in September with Neal, Ware and Capuano
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ESPN Regional Television, the new over-the-air syndication home for Southeastern Conference programming, and the SEC announced today a regionally syndicated college sports package that will air in more than 73 television markets, along with the branding of the syndication package as the SEC Network – all part of the groundbreaking 15-year agreement between ESPN, Inc., and the SEC.
Within the nine-state SEC footprint, the SEC Network will be delivered in markets by the local over-the-air carrier of SEC events. In markets outside the SEC footprint, the syndicated programming will air on either local, over-the-air television stations or regional sports cable networks.
Coverage will feature extensive football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball telecasts, produced by ESPN Regional Television.
“As ESPN moves forward in this landmark agreement with the SEC, ESPN Regional Television is thrilled to provide our viewers with a consistent window for Southeastern Conference football and basketball,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president & general manager, ESPN Regional Television. “With ESPN’s multimedia platforms, we anticipate SEC sports will touch an unprecedented base of college fans nationwide.”
The SEC Network will feature an SEC football Game of the Week regionally for 13 consecutive Saturdays, beginning Sept. 5. Those telecasts will kick off at noon ET/11 a.m. CT with the live SEC Studio show, followed by the matchup, generally determined 12 to six days in advance. The new kickoff time for the Game of the Week will be 12:21 p.m. ET.
Longtime SEC announcer Dave Neal will call the weekly SEC Network game on Saturdays, along with analyst Andre Ware and reporter Cara Capuano.
The SEC Studio show is produced by ESPN Regional Television at their headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., also the home of ESPNU. The SEC show will kick off Saturday coverage with host Rob Stone and analyst Matt Stinchcomb in the studio.
The regular-season SEC men’s basketball package on the SEC Network beginning in January will consist of Wednesday and Saturday games, including doubleheaders. The SEC Network will also offer regional coverage of multiple rounds from the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament as well as SEC women’s basketball games on Sundays, also beginning in January.
“The SEC Network, through the efforts of ESPN, will be the largest college sports syndication television package in the country,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. “The comprehensive market coverage in the nine-state SEC area combined with the out-of-market reach gives us significant additional exposure for our programs.”
The markets that will air the package represent more than 54 million television households, or 47 percent of the U.S. Before the first football game this season, as clearance work continues, the coverage area will be larger still. The 15-year agreement between ESPN and the SEC begins with the 2009-10 season and continues through 2023-24.
SEC Network Markets (confirmed as of release date)
|Alabama||Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Anniston||WTTO; WABM||CW; MNT|
|Dothan||WTVY; WTVY-DT2, -DT3||CBS; MNT; CW|
|Huntsville-Decatur (Flor)||WZDX; WAMY||FOX; MNT|
|Mobile-Pensacola (Ft Walt)||WJTC||IND|
|Montgomery (Selma)||WCOV; WCOV-DT2||FOX|
|Arizona||Phoenix||KTVK (Football only)||IND|
|Arkansas||Fort Smith-Fay-Sprngdl-Rgrs||KHBS+; KHBS-DT2||ABC; CW|
|Jonesboro||KAIT; KAIT-DT2, -DT3||ABC|
|Little Rock-Pine Bluff||KATV; KATV-DT2||ABC|
|Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbrn||WOFL; WRBW||FOX; MNT|
|Tallahassee-Thomasville||WCTV; WCTV-DT2||CBS; MNT|
|Tampa-St. Pete, Sarasota||WTTA||MNT|
|West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce||TBA|
|Augusta||WRDW; My 12||CBS; MNT|
|Columbus||WXTX; WTVM, WLGA||FOX; ABC; IND|
|Illinois||Chicago||TBA (Football only)|
|Indianapolis||TBA (Football only)|
|Kansas||Wichita-Hutchinson||KWCH; KSCW||CBS; CW|
|Kentucky||Bowling Green||WBKO; WBKO-FOX;
|Lexington||WKYT; CWkyt||CBS; CW|
|Paducah-C.Girard.-Harrbg-Mt VN||WPSD; WPSD-DT2||NBC|
|Baton Rouge||WAFB; WBXH||CBS; MNT|
|New Orleans||WWL; WUPL||CBS; MNT|
|Shreveport||KMSS; KSHV||FOX; MNT|
|Michigan||Detroit||TBA (Football only)|
|Mississippi||Biloxi-Gulfport||WXXV; My XXV2||Fox; MNT|
|Columbus-Tupelo-West Point||WCBI; My MS||CBS; MNT|
|Greenwood-Greenville||WABG; FOX 10||ABC; FOX|
|Jackson||WJTV; WJTV-DT3||CBS; RTV|
|Meridian||WDMN; WGBC; WGBC-DT1||CBS; NBC; FOX|
|New York||New York||TBA (Football only)|
|Pennsylvania||Pittsburgh||WPMY (Football only)||MNT|
|Greenvll-Spart-Ashevll-And||WSPA; WYCW||CBS; CW|
|Myrtle Beach-Florence||WWMB; WPDE||CW; ABC|
|Tennessee||Chattanooga||WDSI; WFLI||FOX; CW|
|Knoxville||WVLT; My VLT2||CBS; MNT|
|Tri-Cities, TN-VA||WCYB; CW4||NBC; CW|
|Dallas-Fort Worth||KTXA (Football only)||IND|
|Houston||KTBU (Football only)||IND|
|San Antonio||KMYS (Football only)||MNT|
|Tyler-Longview-Lufkin & Ncgd||KLPN; KFXL||MNT; FOX|
|West Virginia||Charleston-Huntington||WSAZ; My ZTV||NBC; MNT|
ESPN and the SEC
ESPN, Inc., and the Southeastern Conference entered into a landmark 15-year agreement for extensive football, men’s and women’s basketball, Olympic sports and conference championship content across multiple ESPN entities beginning with the 2009-10 academic year. As a result of the deal -– the longest national rights agreement in ESPN history – ESPN will showcase more than 5,500 SEC events on ESPN, ESPN on ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN International, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Classic. ESPN has televised the SEC since 1982.
ESPN Regional Television
The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,000 telecasts of sporting events. Programming includes football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events accounting for more than 2,200 live and/or original hours of programming. In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (e.g. – SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, Sun Belt, WAC).
ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events, including collegiate football events: the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Papajohns.com Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); St. Petersburg Bowl; the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards; collegiate basketball events: the 76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Charleston Classic (S.C.); ESPNU Road to the Championship (Women; San Antonio); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); SEC/BIG EAST Invitational; All-College Classic (Oklahoma City) and ESPNU BracketBusters; as well as the ESPN National Golf Challenge presented by Callaway. For more information, visit ESPNPlus.com.
The Southeastern Conference was formed in 1933 and consists of 12 member institutions: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The league currently sanctions championship play in nine men’s sports and 11 women’s sports. Its headquarters has been located in Birmingham, Ala., since 1948. For more on the conference, visit www.secsports.com.