AUBURN, Ala. — The agreements keep rolling in for the SEC Network.
One of the last major dominoes fell Monday, as DirecTV announced it had come to terms with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.
“The SEC boasts powerhouse athletic programs, especially in football, representing deeply loyal communities, many of which do not have any professional teams,” DirecTV’s chief content officer Dan York said in a statement. “The depth of SEC competition and the quality ESPN brings to game production and complementary programming makes SEC Network a valuable addition to our sports programming lineup, and we’re excited to bring it into our customers’ homes and on their devices.”
SEC commissioner Mike Slive was pleased to bring yet another provider into the fold.
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"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," he said. "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."
DirecTV's deal is the latest in a flurry of recent activity for the SEC Network. In the past week, local providers WOW! cable and Charter reached agreements with ESPN to distribute the SEC Network. Dating back to last month, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks signed on, too. Agreements had previously been reached with Dish Network, Cox Communications, AT&T U-Verse and Google Fiber.
Among local companies, Cable of East Alabama and Mediacom are still negotiating with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.
Every team in the conference will appear on the channel within the first four weeks of the season. Auburn will host Arkansas at 4 p.m. ET on Aug. 30, while Alabama welcomes Florida Atlantic to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a noon kickoff ET on Sept. 6.
Georgia will have a home contest of its own on Sept. 20 when Troy comes to Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon ET.