SEC explores launching its own TV network

Imagine
ESPN not over-covering the NFL, not focusing on the NBA and the NHL and
focusing on what many believe is the No. 1 college football conference in the
nation minus all those self-serving commercials and anchors.

And you
might have the “SEC-PN” network, or the Southeastern Conference
Entertainment Network.

“No
question, there would be football and basketball on it,” SEC commissioner
Mike Slive said recently at the SEC spring meetings. “I think there’s
something like 8,720 hours of programming available. Obviously, part of that
would have to be significant football and basketball. The other piece that our
presidents and chancellors are very interested in is it would create an outlet
for non-athletic content from our universities, which have good communication
schools. There are a lot of events on our respective campuses that might find
their way onto an SEC network.”

The SEC
has been talking to various national networks and cable distribution companies
in recent months about possibly launching an SEC network in two to three years
devoted to all or almost all league sports.

The Big
Ten plans to launch exactly that this August, while the Mountain West
Conference has had its own network — the Mtn. (Mountain West Sports Network) —
for nearly a year.

USA Today

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