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Say Goodbye To The 11:30am Game?

ESPN will pay the Southeastern Conference a staggering .25 billion over the next 15 years about 0 million a year for the conference’s TV rights, giving the network all of the SEC’s content that was not taken by CBS, industry sources confirm.

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3 Responses to “Say Goodbye To The 11:30am Game?”

  • While this is excellent for the SEC as a whole and means a ton more televised, evening, and “Game Day” games it does have a single downside in that it blocks out JP and LF from broadcasting the games which for smaller games they were the only option.

    Also this deal should help put ESPNU on your basic cable tier (i.e. you get it for free) which would be excellent and make ESPNU almost a SEC channel since they have access to all of these games to broadcast now

  • “ESPN has acquired rights to every SEC home football game (excluding those on the network broadcast package) and will serve as the exclusive national cable home and the syndication rightsholder for the conference.

    ESPN and ESPN2: The networks will increase coverage by combining to televise a minimum of 20 SEC games annually, including Saturday night and two primetime Thursday matchups.

    ESPNU: The 24-hour college sports network, which launched in March 2005, will present a package of SEC football for the first time, with a Saturday game-of-the-week (generally in primetime and a minimum of 13 games annually).

    ESPN Regional Television (ERT): The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, becomes the official over-the-air syndication home for the SEC and will feature a game-of-the-week package (generally at 12:30 p.m. ET), with a minimum of 13 games each season throughout the SEC footprint and beyond. In addition, ERT will produce and distribute a studio show. Simulcasts of SEC game telecasts will be offered on the broadband network.

    ESPN Mobile TV: Live games will be simulcast on mobile phones.

    ESPN International: The agreement includes global rights to present live games and encore presentations.

    ESPN Deportes: ESPN has acquired domestic Spanish-language rights for SEC football on the 24-hour, U.S.-based network.

    ESPN GamePlan: The out-of-market college football pay-per-view service, will offer SEC action.

    ESPN Classic: The network may telecast select SEC live games as well as historic and immediate encore presentations. Extensive SEC content, including highlights, will be presented online.”

  • Just because someone has the rights to broadcast it does not mean they are required or they will broadcast it since the facet of doing so includes an incremental cost to do so.

    If a SEC team has a losing season or isn’t just a ‘great’ team (Hey Vandy!) it costs a lot to put cameras at a stadium. You may just not see a production crew there and nobody else can show up due to the exclusive deal.

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