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ESPN Launches Internet Channels For 15 Different College Conferences
Published February 27, 2014
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DISTRIBUTION DYNAMIC: Knoxville-based WBIR-NBC’s Jim Matheny noted the SEC Network is set to launch in August, but there "are not many signed letters of intent from cable and satellite companies." The only "major provider in most of the Southeast to sign on with the SEC Network is AT&T's U-Verse." There is "still no deal with Comcast, Time Warner, or DirecTV." There also is not a deal with Dish, though "various reports in the last month have indicated they are close to an agreement." ESPN is "banking on the SEC's rabid fans to apply pressure on cable and satellite providers" (WBIR.com, 2/26).