Jul 9, 2014 2:30 PM by Dave Fields

In time for football season, Cox makes deal with ESPN to air SEC Network

Cox Communications is announcing that it has reached an agreement to begin carrying the SEC Network on Aug. 14, just in time for football season.

According to a release Wednesday, the channel will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in Baton Rouge, Acadiana and New Orleans. With the arrangement, Cox subscribers will have the opportunity to gain additional access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network's digital platform, with the ability to watch SEC Network content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device.

"The ground swell of consumer and affiliate demand increases by the day, and we continue to build on our momentum with the announcement of Cox Communications as our latest distributor that will deliver the SEC Network to fans at launch," said Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks senior vice president.

The SEC Network covers programming for the conference's 21 sports and the digital platform will include 1,000 live events in its first year, including at least 45 exclusive SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and events.

"The addition of Cox is another very important step in the development of the SEC Network, bringing millions more viewers nationwide to the network when it launches on August 14. As one of the largest cable television distributors in the U.S., including five states in the SEC footprint, this agreement with Cox has a significant impact on exposure for the SEC."

"We are pleased to expand upon our growing list of distributors who have signed agreements for the SEC Network launching in a little over a month," added Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks. "We look forward to serving Cox customers with an unparalleled offering of more SEC content than ever before," explained Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president.



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