Gators TV/Radio Listings
Frequently Asked Questions
What stations televise live SEC sporting events?
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, CBS (football and men’s basketball only), FSN (select number of regular season football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball)
What is the SEC Network?
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multi-platform network that launched in August 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7, including live events from football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and more. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform. Programming will also include studio shows, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, signing day and pro days coverage.
How are football TV kickoff times determined?
If not announced prior to the season, start times and television selections for SEC football games are determined 12 days prior to kickoff, with some game times and stations determined just 6 days prior to kickoff. All game times and TV station assignments are determined by the SEC league office and its primary television partners, CBS and ESPN.
At night, why might I have difficulty hearing a Gator IMG Sports Network broadcast but be able to pick up a Kentucky or LSU game?
It is very possible you may live in a part of the state that, at night, struggles to hear that evening's Florida game but picks up an LSU or Kentucky game through a New Orleans or Louisville station, for instance. Basically, what you are hearing out of New Orleans and Louisville are 50,000-watt clear-channel stations. A clear-channel station is one that, at night, does not have to decrease its power. Any other station that has the same frequency (example: AM-870) must cut its power at sunset. The clear-channel station's signal travels much further distances without interference from other stations on the same frequency.
The FCC (Federal Communication Commission) stopped the practice of awarding stations clear-channel licenses many years ago and the state of Florida did not have a station with that capability. That is why in some Florida markets you can't hear a Saturday night game on the same station you may listen to on a Saturday afternoon. It is also why we have a large network and situations where there might be two or three stations that can be heard in the same area during the day but only one heard at night.
If I can't hear the games in my area, what can I do?
Contact the local station and let them know that you would be interested in listening to Gator football and basketball on their station. Have other Gator fans do the same, especially if it can be done through the Gator Club in your area.
Why, in some areas, can you hear Gator football but not the Gator Hotline show or UF basketball broadcasts?
The Gator IMG Sports Network always seeks stations that will commit to carrying all football and basketball broadcasts as well as the Gator Hotline shows. There are situations, though, where there is only one station in a market that is interested in carrying some of but not the entire package. After every effort is made to have that station commit to both football and basketball, the network then works out the best possible scenario.
Why wouldn't all stations want to carry the Gator Network?
Today's radio stations have so many formats (music, sports, news/talk, combinations) from which to choose to program its broadcast day that it hesitates to break from its format to accommodate specialized sports programming. This is especially true when it comes to FM stations. Stations in Florida also have a wide selection of collegiate and professional teams from which to select. Many factors are considered when a station is deciding on programming.
Why aren't there more FM stations on the Gator Network?
Most FM stations are music-intensive, but the last two decades have seen a gradual and welcomed shift to sports programming. The Network always contacts FM stations along with AM stations in an effort to identify the best signal and program clearance.
Can I listen to Gator sporting events online?
Football and men’s basketball games can also be heard live via TuneIn.