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Wednesday July 22, 2009ESPN Regional TV & SEC Introduce SEC Network

Gainesville, Fla.

ESPN Regional Television, the new over-the-air syndication home for Southeastern Conference programming, and the SEC announced on Tuesday a regionally-syndicated college sports package that will air in more than 73 television markets, along with the branding of the syndication package as the SEC Network – all part of the groundbreaking 15-year agreement between ESPN, Inc., and the SEC.

 

Within the nine-state SEC footprint, the SEC Network will be delivered in markets by the local over-the-air carrier of SEC events. In markets outside the SEC footprint, the syndicated programming will air on either local, over-the-air television stations or regional sports cable networks.

 

Coverage will feature extensive football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball telecasts, produced by ESPN Regional Television.

 

“As ESPN moves forward in this landmark agreement with the SEC, ESPN Regional Television is thrilled to provide our viewers with a consistent window for Southeastern Conference football and basketball,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president & general manager, ESPN Regional Television. “With ESPN’s multimedia platforms, we anticipate SEC sports will touch an unprecedented base of college fans nationwide.”

 

The SEC Network will feature an SEC football Game of the Week regionally for 13 consecutive Saturdays, beginning Sept. 5. Those telecasts will kick off at noon ET/11 a.m. CT with the live SEC Studio show, followed by the matchup, generally determined 12 to six days in advance. The new kickoff time for the Game of the Week will be 12:21 p.m. ET.

 

Longtime SEC announcer Dave Neal will call the weekly SEC Network game on Saturdays, along with analyst Andre Ware and reporter Cara Capuano.

 

The SEC Studio show is produced by ESPN Regional Television at their headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., also the home of ESPNU. The SEC show will kick off Saturday coverage with host Rob Stone and analyst Matt Stinchcomb in the studio.

 

The regular-season SEC men’s basketball package on the SEC Network beginning in January will consist of Wednesday and Saturday games, including doubleheaders. The SEC Network will also offer regional coverage of multiple rounds from the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament as well as SEC women’s basketball games on Sundays, also beginning in January.

 

“The SEC Network, through the efforts of ESPN, will be the largest college sports syndication television package in the country,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. “The comprehensive market coverage in the nine-state SEC area combined with the out-of-market reach gives us significant additional exposure for our programs.”

 

The markets that will air the package represent more than 54 million television households, or 47 percent of the U.S. Before the first football game this season, as clearance work continues, the coverage area will be larger still. The 15-year agreement between ESPN and the SEC begins with the 2009-10 season and continues through 2023-24.

 

SEC Network Markets (confirmed as of release date)

State

City

Station(s)

Affiliation

Alabama

Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Anniston

WTTO; WABM

CW; MNT

 

Dothan

WTVY; WTVY-DT2, -DT3

CBS; MNT; CW

 

Huntsville-Decatur (Flor)

WZDX; WAMY

FOX; MNT

 

Mobile-Pensacola (Ft Walt)

WJTC

IND

 

Montgomery (Selma)

WCOV; WCOV-DT2

FOX

Arizona

Phoenix

KTVK (Football only)

IND

Arkansas

Fort Smith-Fay-Sprngdl-Rgrs

KHBS+; KHBS-DT2

ABC; CW

 

Jonesboro

KAIT; KAIT-DT2, -DT3

ABC

 

Little Rock-Pine Bluff

KATV; KATV-DT2

ABC

Florida

Fort Myers-Naples

WXCW

CW

 

Gainesville

WOGX

FOX

 

Jacksonville, Brunswick

WJXT

IND

 

Miami-Fort Lauderdale

WSFL

CW

 

Orlando-Day. Beach-Melbourne

WOFL; WRBW

FOX; MNT

 

Panama City

WJHG

MNT

 

Tallahassee-Thomasville

WCTV; WCTV-DT2

CBS; MNT

 

Tampa-St. Pete, Sarasota

WTTA

MNT

 

West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce

TBA

 

Georgia

Albany

WALB

NBC

 

Atlanta

WPCH

IND

 

Augusta

WRDW; My 12

CBS; MNT

 

Columbus

WXTX; WTVM, WLGA

FOX; ABC; IND

 

Macon

WGXA

FOX

 

Savannah

WTGS

FOX

Illinois

Chicago

TBA (Football only)

 

Indiana

Evansville

WTVW

FOX

 

Indianapolis

TBA (Football only)

 

Kansas

Wichita-Hutchinson

KWCH; KSCW

CBS; CW

Kentucky

Bowling Green

WBKO; WBKO-FOX;

WBKO-This-TV

ABC; FOX

 

Lexington

WKYT; CWkyt

CBS; CW

 

Louisville

WAVE

NBC

 

Paducah-C.Girard.-Harrbg-Mt VN

WPSD; WPSD-DT2

NBC

Louisiana

Alexandria

KLAX

ABC

 

Baton Rouge

WAFB; WBXH

CBS; MNT

 

Lafayette

KADN

FOX

 

Lake Charles

KVHP

FOX

 

Monroe-El Dorado

TBA

 

 

New Orleans

WWL; WUPL

CBS; MNT

 

Shreveport

KMSS; KSHV

FOX; MNT

Michigan

Detroit

TBA (Football only)

 

Missouri

Springfield

KCZ

CW

Mississippi

Biloxi-Gulfport

WXXV; My XXV2

Fox; MNT

 

Columbus-Tupelo-West Point

WCBI; My MS

CBS; MNT

 

Greenwood-Greenville

WABG; FOX 10

ABC; FOX

 

Hattiesburg-Laurel

WHLT; WHLT-DT2

CBS

 

Jackson

WJTV; WJTV-DT3

CBS; RTV

 

Meridian

WDMN; WGBC; WGBC-DT1

CBS; NBC; FOX

N. Carolina

Charlotte

WAXN

IND

 

Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem

WCWG

CW

 

Raleigh-Durham

WNCN; WNCN-DT2

NBC

New York

New York

TBA (Football only)

 

Ohio

Cincinnati

WSTR

MNT

 

Columbus

WTTE

FOX

 

Dayton

WRGT

FOX

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

KSBI

IND

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh

WPMY (Football only)

MNT

S. Carolina

Charleston

WMMP

MNT

 

Columbia

WIS

NBC

 

Greenvll-Spart-Ashevll-And

WSPA; WYCW

CBS; CW

 

Myrtle Beach-Florence

WWMB; WPDE

CW; ABC

Tennessee

Chattanooga

WDSI; WFLI

FOX; CW

 

Jackson

WJKT

FOX

 

Knoxville

WVLT;  My VLT2

CBS; MNT

 

Memphis

WLMT

CW

 

Nashville

WUXP

MNT

 

Tri-Cities, TN-VA

WCYB; CW4

NBC; CW

Texas

Beaumont-Port Arthur

KUMY

MNT

 

Dallas-Fort Worth

KTXA (Football only)

IND

 

Houston

KTBU (Football only)

IND

 

San Antonio

KMYS (Football only)

MNT

 

Tyler-Longview-Lufkin & Ncgd

KLPN; KFXL

MNT; FOX

Virginia

Norfolk-Portsmouth-NN-Hampton

WSKY

IND

West Virginia

Charleston-Huntington

WSAZ; My ZTV

NBC; MNT

 

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