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Time Warner Cable To Carry SEC Network As Of Aug. 14 Launch

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 14

Time Warner Cable, the country's second biggest cable operator, has agreed to carry SEC Network as of its Aug. 14 launch. Bright House Networks also will carry the channel, bringing its distribution footprint up to 60 million homes. The deals leave DirecTV, Charter and Verizon as the only big SEC-ar...

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SportsBusiness Journal: DirecTV pushes back on sports

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SportsBusiness Journal: Competitors see an opening

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SportsBusiness Journal: With 1 not done, Fox goes for 2

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SportsBusiness Daily: NBC Sports Regional Nets Hires Buckman

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SportsBusiness Journal: ACC panel to study network

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SportsBusiness Journal: Novenstern joining Tennis Channel

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SportsBusiness Daily: McGillicuddy Hired To Head Up FS Ohio

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SportsBusiness Daily: Fox Buys Cleveland-Based SportsTime Ohio

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