SEC unveils football broadcast plans for the start of the season

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 3:00pm

HOOVER, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference released its television schedule for the first three weeks of the season as well as select contests throughout the remainder of the year.

Under a historic 15-year agreement between the SEC and ESPN, all conference games will be broadcast live either on the ESPN family of networks or through syndication agreements with Fox Sports and Comcast.

“We are fortunate that the conference entered into its new television agreements when we did, just ahead of the full impact of the recession,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said.  “The additional revenue we will generate will help our institutions maintain their all important, broad based programs for nearly five thousand student athletes who compete in our league, many of whom are the recipients of grants and aid.”

The only games not covered by the deal, which was trumpeted by representatives of the conference and network Wednesday at the opening of football media days, are those that are part of the SEC’s contract with CBS and the one game promised to each institution for pay-per-view.

Games for additional weeks will be released at a later date.

See the complete broadcast schedule for SEC football games through Sept. 24 here, and ready the remote.

"The SEC will be the most widely distributed conference in the country, utilizing every known distribution platform, including national network, national cable, over the air syndication, regional cable, Internet, broadband, and mobile TV phones, all of which will be supplemented by the SEC Digital Network and our local institutional package," Slive said.