Here’s some of what you need to know:
What is it all about? Think Big Ten Network. The new network will be all SEC, all-the-time.
Naturally, the centerpiece will be games. The network will air 45 SEC games in the fall. They won’t be the A game, which will air on CBS, and in many cases, the second or third best games will be shown on ESPN. However, given the depth of power in the SEC, the network will have plenty of good match-ups.
Of course, there will be all sorts of daily studio shows and all sorts of other programming to fill up a 24/7 network.
Who are the major voices? Tim Tebow. Remember him? The former Heisman Trophy winner will have a major presence as a studio analyst.
Viv Bernstein in the Bleacher Report has this about Tebow:
So is he retired from football? No, Tebow won’t say that word. But as he begins his new life as a college football analyst and prepares for Thursday’s debut of the much-anticipated SEC Network, maybe he is right where he belongs. Tebow is back in the Southeastern Conference, back in the place where he is most welcomed, embraced and adored, and back in the spotlight.
“We want him to be a star,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN’s senior vice president of college networks and the executive in charge of the SEC Network. “We want him to resonate and grow his following, which is already monumental. And that, from my perspective, would be great for the SEC Network, it would be great for Tim Tebow, it would be great for the fanbase, it would be great for the legions of folks who follow him.”
Joe Tessitore is the host of the Saturday morning SEC Nation pregame show. Brent Musburger will be the lead voice for football games.
Most people in the North haven’t heard of Paul Finebaum, but he is huge in the South when it comes to college football. The network will simulcast his daily radio show from 3-7 p.m. ET.
The quote: David Barron of the Houston Chronicle had this from ESPN executive Dan Margulis:
“First and foremost, we have to serve the passionate SEC fan,” Margulis said. “There are high expectations with ESPN and the SEC coming together, and we will be held to a high standard.”
Can I see the network my area? Chances are you can. It is projected the network will be in 70 million homes at launch.
The network has deals with DirecTV and Dish and with many of the big cable providers. As always, check with your carrier.