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Monday September 8, 2008New Television Agreements for the SEC & UF to Begin in 2009-10

Gainesville, FL

The Southeastern Conference recently announced an historic television package with CBS and ESPN, which will provide unprecedented exposure for a collegiate athletics conference and ensure that SEC fans across the nation will have more access to their teams than ever before. The 15-year agreements begin next season (2009-10). Some of the highlights include the following:

  • CBS national game of the week for SEC football, including the SEC Championship Game.
  • Every SEC home football game will be telecast, including 20 games on ESPN or ESPN2, and 13 on ESPNU.
  • Every SEC conference basketball game will be telecast, including 24 on ESPN or ESPN2, 7 on ESPNU, 5 on CBS, and 2 on ESPN/ABC.
  • The SEC Men's Basketball Tournament semifinals and finals will air nationally on ESPN/ABC.
  • Sixteen SEC women's basketball appearances on ESPN or ESPN2, as well as the SEC Tournament finals.
  • Sixteen SEC women's basketball appearances on ESPNU, as well as the SEC Tournament semifinals.
  • ESPN/ESPN2 to air SEC championship finals for baseball, softball, and gymnastics.
  • ESPNU to air 25 additional SEC regular-season events, as well as championship events for soccer, swimming and diving, and track and field.

In addition, the University Athletic Association has expanded its long-time partnership with Sun Sports and will televise numerous Gator events. Some of the highlights include the following:

  • Replays of all regular-season Gator football games on Breakfast with the Gators each Sunday morning.
  • All available men's basketball games (in which UF has the rights to televise) not selected by SEC television partners.
  • A minimum of 4 women's basketball games.
  • Ten regular-season baseball games.
  • Up to 17 additional Gator events to be scheduled annually, and selected NCAA post-season events when available.

The following chart outlines the SEC's and UF's television agreements, including a comparison of the current programming with the new TV agreements.

FOOTBALL
CURRENT (THROUGH 2008-09 SEASON) NEW AGREEMENTS (2009-2024)

CBS televises a national SEC game of the week and the SEC Championship Game. It receives first selection every week except for three, when ESPN selects first.

CBS will televise a national SEC game of the week and the SEC Championship Game. It will select all of its games before ESPN.

ESPN owns the exclusive national cable home rights for SEC football.

ESPN has acquired rights to every other SEC home football game (excluding those on CBS) and will serve as the exclusive national cable home and the syndication rights-holder for the SEC, as well as produce an in-season weekly studio show, and pre-/post-season specials:

ESPN and ESPN2 televise a minimum combined total of 15 SEC football games each season, and 8 of those games must air on ESPN.

ESPN and ESPN2 will continue to offer premier SEC games, including Saturday night and two prime time Thursday football games. A minimum of 20 SEC games will be shown annually.

 

ESPNU will have a Saturday game-of-the-week, generally in prime time and a minimum of 13 games annually.

 

ESPN Classic may telecast select SEC games live as well as encore presentations.

Raycom serves as the over-the-air syndication home for SEC football and features a game-of-the-week package at 12:30 pm ET. Raycom televises 12-13 games each season throughout the SEC home states and beyond. These games air on a series of TV affiliates.

ESPN Regional Television (ERT) will replace Raycom as the new over-the-air syndication home for SEC football and will feature a game-of-the-week package (generally at 12:30 p.m. ET). A minimum of 13 games will air each season throughout the SEC home states and beyond. These games will air on a series of TV affiliates (similar to what Raycom featured).

In addition, up to 3 early season games each season may be selected for telecast on the Fox Sports Net (FSN) family of regional cable networks. This includes Sun Sports, FSN Florida, FSN South, and FSN Southwest.

In addition, a limited number of games may be offered by ESPN on a regional cable basis (to be determined), which is currently in place with the Fox Sports Net family of networks.

Any game not selected by the SEC TV partner may be televised by the school on a pay-per-view basis in the markets of the participating schools.

Each school will have up to, but no more than, 1 game to be televised on a pay-per-view basis in the home states of the participating schools. This game will be determined by ESPN and approved by the school.

ESPN GamePlan offers most regional (Raycom and pay-per-view) games to fans in out-of-market territories.

ESPN GamePlan will offer all regional and pay-per-view games to fans outside of SEC home states. Simulcasts of SEC game telecasts will be offered on ESPN 360.com, the broadband network. Selected live games will be simulcast on ESPN Mobile TV for mobile phones.

Sun Sports airs replays of each Gator football game on Breakfast with the Gators on Sun. mornings in SEC home states. Replays airs in the SEC home states on gatorzone.com on Sunday afternoons. Sun Sports airs pre-/post-season specials and Florida Highlights with Urban Meyer. Sun Sports will air replays of each Gator football game on Breakfast with the Gators on Sun. mornings in SEC home states. Replays will air world-wide on gatorzone.com on Sunday afternoons. Sun Sports will air pre-/post-season specials and Florida Highlights with Urban Meyer.
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
CURRENT (THROUGH 2008-09 SEASON) NEW AGREEMENTS (2009-2024)

CBS telecasts a minimum of 6 regular-season SEC conference games, 6 non-conference games, and the SEC Tournament Championship each season.

CBS will broadcast regular-season SEC basketball games, including 5-6 SEC conference games and 4 non-conference games.

ESPN owns the exclusive national cable home rights for SEC men's basketball.

ESPN has acquired rights to SEC basketball (excluding those on CBS) and will serve as the exclusive national cable home and the syndication rights-holder. ESPN will produce an in-season weekly studio show, and pre-/post-season specials. Between the ESPN family of networks, over-the-air syndication, and regional cable networks, every SEC conference game and many non-conference games will be televised:

ESPN and ESPN2 televise up to 9 SEC conference games, and up to 9 non-conference games. SEC games air on ESPN's Super Tuesday time slot.

ESPN and ESPN2 will triple their SEC basketball telecasts with three nights (two new) of games. A minimum of 24 SEC conference games plus an additional six non-conference game broadcasts will air nationally on ESPN and/or ESPN2. SEC games will continue to air on ESPN's Super Tuesday as well as new SEC slots on Thursdays and Saturdays (ESPN or ESPN2).

 

ESPNU will air a min. of 7 SEC games and five non-conference games.

 

ESPN on ABC will air a min. of 2 regular-season games each season plus national telecasts of the SEC Tournament semifinals and finals.

Raycom serves as the over-the-air syndication home for SEC men's basketball. Raycom televises a minimum of 28 SEC conference games and every SEC Tournament game except the championship each season throughout the SEC home states and beyond. These games air on a series of TV affiliates.

ESPN Regional Television (ERT) will replace Raycom as the new over-the-air syndication home for SEC basketball games. A min. of 37 games will air each season throughout the SEC home states and beyond. These games will air as Sat. doubleheaders and on Wed. nights on a series of TV affiliates (similar to what Raycom featured). ERT will also televise the first 2 rounds of the SEC Basketball Tourney.

The Fox Sports Net (FSN) family of regional cable networks (including Sun Sports, FSN Florida, FSN South, and FSN Southwest) televises 12 SEC conference games and 12 non-conference games each season.

In addition, a limited number of games may be offered by ESPN on a regional cable basis (to be determined), which is currently in place with the Fox Sports Net family of networks (e.g. Sun Sports, FSN Fla., etc.).

Sun Sports and FSN Florida, through an agreement with UF, televise a minimum of 10 basketball games each season, available in the SEC home states. Sun Sports also airs a pre-season special and Florida Basketball Highlights with Billy Donovan.

Sun Sports/FSN Florida, through an agreement with UF, will televise all other UF basketball games (not televised by SEC networks), available in the SEC home states, with ESPN Full Court distributing the telecasts to fans outside of SEC home states. Sun Sports will also air a pre-season special and Florida Highlights with Billy Donovan.

ESPN Full Court offers most regional (Raycom and local TV) games to fans in out-of-market territories.

ESPN Full Court will offer all regional games to fans outside of SEC home states. Simulcasts of SEC game telecasts will be offered on ESPN 360.com, the broadband network. Selected live games will also be simulcast on ESPN Mobile TV, a service for mobile phones.
 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
CURRENT (THROUGH 2008-09 SEASON) NEW AGREEMENTS (2009-2024)
SEC teams make an average of 3 appearances on CBS each season. n/a
SEC teams make a minimum of 8 appearances on ESPN or ESPN2, including the SEC Tournament Championship.

SEC teams will make a minimum of 16 appearances on ESPN or ESPN2, and the SEC Tournament Championship will air on either ESPN or ESPN2. ESPN will produce pre-/post-season specials.

 

SEC teams will make a minimum of 16 appearances on ESPNU, and the SEC Tournament Semifinals will air on ESPNU.

The Fox Sports Net (FSN) family of regional cable networks (including Sun Sports, FSN Florida, FSN South, and FSN Southwest) televises 14 SEC conference games, 4 non-conference games and 10 SEC Tournament games each season.

ESPN Regional (ERT) will televise a game-of-the-week during the regular season as well as the first two rounds of the SEC Tournament. These games will air on affiliates to be announced.

 

In addition, a limited number of games may be offered by ESPN on a regional cable basis (to be determined), which is currently in place with the Fox Sports Net family of networks (including Sun Sports, FSN Florida, FSN South, and FSN Southwest).

Sun Sports and FSN Florida, through an agreement with UF, televise a minimum of 4 basketball games each season, available in the SEC home states. Sun Sports also airs a pre-season special and Florida Women's Basketball Highlights with Amanda Butler.

Sun Sports and FSN Florida, through a new agreement with UF, will televise a minimum of 4 basketball games each season, available in the SEC home states. Sun Sports will also air a pre-season special and Florida Women's Basketball Highlights with Amanda Butler.

 
OLYMPIC SPORTS/OTHER PROGRAMMING

CURRENT (THROUGH 2008-09 SEASON)

NEW AGREEMENTS (2009-2024)

ESPN televises 3 other SEC sports events each season.

ESPN and ESPN2 will televise the following events each season:

  • 3 regular-season baseball or softball games (at least 1 of each)
  • 3 regular-season gymnastics meets
  • SEC Baseball Tournament Championship
  • SEC Softball Tournament Championship
  • SEC Gymnastics Championship
 

ESPNU will televise a minimum of 25 regular-season events, including volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, and softball. It will also air the following championships:

  • SEC Soccer Tournament Championship
  • SEC Swimming & Diving Championships
  • SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships
  • SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships

The Fox Sports Net (FSN) family of regional cable networks (including Sun Sports, FSN Florida, FSN South, and FSN Southwest) televises the following events each season:

  • 4 regular-season SEC conference soccer matches and the SEC Tournament Championship
  • 5 regular-season SEC conference volleyball matches
  • 4 regular-season SEC gymnastics meets and the SEC Championship
  • 8 regular-season SEC conference baseball games and 5 SEC Tournament games
  • 4 regular-season SEC conference softball games and SEC Tournament Championship

In addition, ESPN and the SEC will work together to offer multi-sport packages on a regional cable basis (to be determined), which is currently in place with the Fox Sports Net family of networks (i.e. Sun Sports, FSN Florida, FSN South, and FSN Southwest).

ESPN shall produce a weekly show (41 weeks) about SEC athletics, as well as two one-hour specials focusing on the academic achievements of SEC member institutions and their students. ESPN will provide the technology and infrastructure to create an on-line SEC academic interactive platform.

Sun Sports and FSN Florida, through an agreement with UF, televise the following events each season, available in SEC home states:

  • Minimum of 10 regular-season UF baseball games
  • Minimum of 8 other UF events to be determined annually
  • Approximately 6 additional UF events to be determined annually
  • Up to 2 NCAA post-season events (if available)
  • Weekly show focusing on Gator athletics, Gatorzone.

Sun Sports and FSN Florida, through a new agreement with UF, will televise the following events each season, available in SEC home states:

  • Minimum of 10 regular-season UF baseball games
  • Minimum of 10 other UF events to be determined annually
  • Approximately 7 additional UF events to be determined annually
  • Up to 5 NCAA Baseball Regional events
  • Minimum of 1 additional NCAA post-season event (if available)
  • Weekly show focusing on Gator athletics, Gatorzone.
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