- Eleven of our 12 football games will be televised beginning with the 2009 football season. The 12th game will be available on pay-per-view.
- As under the previous arrangement, CBS will televise a national SEC Game of the Week each Saturday with a 2:30 PM Central kickoff time. CBS gets first choice from the slate of games a majority of the season.
- ESPN has the rights to every other SEC home game, excluding the games aired by CBS. That means our conference games can air on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
- ESPN and ESPN2 will air premier SEC games, with most of them airing during prime time on Saturday nights. ESPN will also air two Thursday night games in prime time.
- ESPNU will feature a Saturday game-of-the-week generally played in prime time. If you live in a cable market served by Comcast or are a DirecTV subscriber, you may be interested in knowing ESPN recently reached a new deal with both to add ESPNU to their channel line-up.
- ESPN Regional Television replaces Raycom as the syndication home for SEC football. These games will be televised on a series of TV affiliates similar to what Raycom featured with kickoffs at approximately 11:30 a.m.
- CBS will televise the SEC Championship game on Dec. 5, 2009.
One question we are frequently asked is who determines kickoff times and how they are decided. In past seasons, we determined kickoff times for non-televised games while the networks determined the kickoff times for televised games based on their contract with the conference.
Since all but one of our games will now be televised, the networks will essentially decide kickoff times for 11 of our 12 games. You can likely expect more games to be played in prime time next year and in the years ahead under the new arrangements.
The new contracts will impact all of our sports and give us unprecedented exposure. For example, an ESPN outlet will now broadcast all men’s conference basketball games beginning with the 2009-2010 season, and ESPN on ABC will broadcast the SEC Tournament Semifinals and Finals for the first time in history. Coverage of women’s basketball will nearly double, with SEC teams making a minimum of 16 appearances on ESPN and ESPN2 and additional appearances on other ESPN outlets. In short, the new agreements will provide tremendous national exposure for our basketball programs that far exceeds any we have had in the past.
I hope that helps answer some of the questions you may have had about our TV contracts. More information on how the agreements impact all of our sports can be found on the conference’s website at www.secsports.com.
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Director of Athletics