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SBD/August 7, 2014/Media
New Charter Deal Expands SEC Net's Reach; Can Tebow Be Critical On TV?
Published August 7, 2014
|Tebow will provide weekly analysis on
SEC Net's weekly "SEC Nation" show
SOUTHERN COMFORT: SI.com conducted a writer's roundtable discussing the success of the SEC Net. Richard Deitsch said, "It’s already successful. ... The SEC Network will launch in more than 87 million households. The talent and production staffers are first-class, including announcers Brent Musburger and Joe Tessitore. ... The big question, and one that will take some time to answer: Is the network simply a PR vehicle for the conference? Or will it have any editorial chops?" Martin Rickman added, "It will be immensely successful, although it’ll have the typical first-year jitters and kinks to work out. SEC fans eat, sleep and breathe football, so a network devoted to the conference they care so much about always made sense." Andy Staples: "This depends on how we define success. From a sheer back-up-the-Brinks-truck perspective, it’s going to be a smashing success for the SEC and for ESPN. ... As for editorial success, we probably won’t know until a big, controversial story happens." Pete Thamel added, "I’m curious how in the tank the network will be toward the league. Will this network become the SEC’s version of Fox News? There have been some embarrassing moments in this age of conference-specific TV channels, such as the Big Ten Network initially ignoring the [Jerry] Sandusky scandal. Let’s hope the SEC Network has a little more tact that that" (SI.com, 8/7).