ESPN to Launch New Southeastern Conference Television Network

In August 2014, a new channel highlighting the best in college sports will join the Disney and ESPN family of television networks.

Thursday afternoon in Atlanta, ESPN and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced the creation of a new national TV network and digital platform. The SEC Network will provide a destination for fans to follow teams in numerous sports representing the 14 member schools.

The SEC is one of the most successful collegiate athletic alliances in the nation. Its football teams have won seven consecutive BCS Championships.

In addition to the national TV channel launch, ESPN and the SEC also announced they are extending their relationship through 2034. This extension grants ESPN even broader rights to SEC content across existing networks.

ESPN’s Justin Connolly, Senior Vice President of College Networks, tells ESPN Front Row what the announcements mean in a Front & Center podcast.