There was celebration in the numbers of millions on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, when it was announced by BizJournals that DirecTV and the SEC Network had finally come to an agreement. The deal was struck between DirecTV and ESPN to officially carry the highly-anticipated SEC Network for when it debuts on Aug. 14, 2014.
DirecTV is the largest satellite provider in the nation and it's going to seriously increase the reach of the SEC Network by astounding numbers. USA Today reported that it will put the new network into an astronomical 87 million homes.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed at this time.
The SEC Network is a joint effort between the SEC and ESPN. It's first football game will officially be Texas A&M against South Carolina on Aug. 28, 2014. 45 college football games will be aired on the network.
There will also be a total of 60 women's basketball games and 75 baseball games televised on the SEC Network in just its first year alone.
"With opening day now firmly in sight, we are happy to count DIRECTV, the country’s largest satellite provider, among our many distributors for the SEC Network," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "The SEC is home to the most passionate fans in college sports and I am pleased to have such a wide distribution by launch date for the benefit of SEC fans everywhere.”
So many were wondering if a deal would ever be reached to bring the SEC Network to DirecTV. The network already has deals with AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Bright House Networks, Time Warner, Dish Network, Cox Communications, and a whole host of others.
Charter is expected to announce a deal to carry the network before its launch.
The SEC Network will also carry a variety of shows such as "SEC Storied" and "The Paul Finebaum Show."