SEC Network DISH deal

SEC Network DISH deal (March 4, 2014)


DISH subscribers can look forward to enjoying the new SEC Network.

The satellite broadcast provider reached an agreement with ESPN Monday to carry the new channel dedicated to the Southeastern Conference. The network already reached a distribution deal with AT&T U-Verse, but the addition of DISH provides a greater audience reach.

Along with the SEC Network – which will debut on Aug. 14 – DISH also distributes the Big Ten and Pac-12 networks.

The arrangement also includes distribution for ESPN’s Longhorns Network – the 24-hour channel dedicated to the University of Texas. Since its debut in 2011, the Longhorns Network provides fans with access to 175 live events in 20 sports as well as non-athletic programming.

 “This is an important day for the SEC Network,” said SEC commissioner Mike Slive. “We are pleased to welcome DISH to the SEC family.  More than five months ahead of the network launch, it’s exciting to have a national distributor and our first satellite provider onboard.  Now SEC fans from across the country have another way to show their conference pride and sign up to get the SEC Network.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the SEC Network  is expected to be a giant revenue generator for the SEC. The Big Ten Network generates close to $20 million per school. 

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