SEC Network to serve up plenty of football

Special to the Tribune
The switch gets flipped on the new SEC Network today at 5 p.m.

The switch gets flipped on the new SEC Network today at 5 p.m.

Here’s 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 football 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 matchups.

Who are the major voices? Tim Tebow. Remember him? The former Heisman Trophy winner will have a major presence as a studio analyst.

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 2-6 p.m.

Can I see the network in Chicago? Chances are you can. The network has deals with DirecTV and Dish. If you subscribe to Comcast, the area’s largest cable distributor, the network is available on its Digital Preferred package. If you are receiving NFL Network, CBS Sports Network and ESPNU, you will get the SEC Network.

If you have any questions, contact your local carrier.

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