DIRECTV to Provide New SEC Network on August 14, 2014

  DIRECTV to Provide New SEC Network on August 14, 2014

   DIRECTV and ESPN Combine to Enable SEC Fans with More than 45 Exclusive
                           Football Games at Launch

Business Wire

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. & BRISTOL, Conn. -- August 4, 2014

DIRECTV and ESPN have entered into an agreement for DIRECTV to provide the new
SEC Network to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference when the
network launches Aug. 14. The first college football game on the new network
will air Aug. 28 featuring #20 Texas A&M vs. #9 South Carolina.

“The SEC boasts powerhouse athletic programs, especially in football,
representing deeply loyal communities, many of which do not have any
professional teams,” said Dan York, DIRECTV’s Chief Content Officer. “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.”

“Our agreement with DIRECTV continues to push the SEC Network towards one of
the most successful network launches when it debuts on August 14,” said Sean
Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales.
“We’re proud to deliver the SEC Network nationwide via DIRECTV in advance of
the Texas A&M and South Carolina game later this month.”

The SEC Network will deliver at least 45 exclusive SEC football games this
season. Recently released pre-season polls rank seven SEC teams in the college
football preseason top 25, ensuring consistently close, competitive match-ups
on SEC Network. The network will also serve as an all-access pass to
nationally competitive events, news and information, expert analysis, classic
games and in-depth features on the most storied conference in college

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said,“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. 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.”

“With the launch of SEC Network just days away, we look forward to serving
these legions of current and prospective students, alumni and loyal supporters
with quality content and coverage nationwide,” added Justin Connolly, ESPN
Senior Vice President, College Networks.


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About SEC Network:

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through
2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network that will launch August 14,
2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC
content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network
will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60
women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s
21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and
analysis in studio shows, daily news and information original content such as
SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live
events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital


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