I have mixed feelings of the creation of the network... The SEC usually has at least 1 usually 2 ESPN game on ESPN 1/2/U. Then there is a CBS game, then there is 11:00 am SEC Network that is shown OTA on the locals. I think the network will allow another game or two which will likely be the 4th/5th best game from the SEC. I'm expecting to see a lot of South Carolina, Tenn, Florida, Kentucky , while ESPN1/2/U and CBS will carry Alabama, Texas A&M, and Georgia most weeks. I wonder how much my bill will go up, and will it be like a RSN or will it be something in the sports pack.
Here is confirmation that the new SEC Network will replace the old SEC Network games that were shown OTA locally in SEC territories. Also, the Big Blue Sports Network that had carried the Kentucky games that were not shown nationally or on the old SEC Network will be no more. With the addition of the ESPN SEC Network, all Kentucky games will be broadcast on one of the ESPN channels (including the SEC Network).
Here's how the B1G Football TV contract generally works. Each B1G team will have two games on BTN, one of which will be a conference game. Pick order for games is ABC, ESPN/2, BTN (with the rare ESPNU option). However, some number of weeks BTN has picks over ESPN/2/U. The point of all of this is so that every B1G home game is nationally televised.
I expect this SEC Network to work the same way since it's a winning formula ($$$). Just substitute CBS for ABC, SECN for BTN, and add in regular use of ESPNU. Gone will be the regional televised games on local broadcasts, games on RSNs, and games on PPV so that every SEC home game is nationally televised.
Additionally, this will cripple the already weak ESPN GamePlan. I'd expect to see this package either fold or DRASTICALLY reduce its price due to lack of compelling content (ACC, AAC, & mid-majors), especially if the ACC manages to put together their own network.
Edited by terryfoster, 09 May 2013 - 07:42 AM.