ATHENS -- The launch of the SEC Network Thursday from 6-9 p.m. will include a live visit to the University of Georgia.
The Network will go live to all 14 SEC schools during the three hour official launch on Thursday. Former UGA All-American lineman and current SEC Network game analyst Matt Stinchcomb will anchor the live segment from UGA which is expected to air near the 7:30 p.m. mark.
The UGA segment will be staged on the south side of Stegeman Coliseum and will include an interview with head football coach Mark Richt as well as interviews with Bulldog quarterback Hutson Mason and tailback Todd Gurley. Also featured will be the UGA national champion equestrian team. Georgia spirit squads and band will be in attendance as well as fans.
What is the difference between the SEC Network and SEC Network +? There are two parts to the SEC Network coverage. First is the traditional TV network which will air select live games, great games from the past, and different shows produced by both the SEC Network as well as the schools. As with all TV Networks, only one show can air at a time. To bring event more coverage to SEC fans, the SEC Network has developed the SEC Network + which is a digital network that will air hundreds of live event coverage and more.
More information about SEC Network + and UGA programming is detailed below.
The SEC Network Channel Finder may be accessed via the following link: http://getsecnetwork.com/channel-finder.
SEC Network Flips the Switch Thursday at 6 p.m. with SEC Now Debut
Mannings, O'Neal among 31 Voices to Welcome the Network; Live Reports from all 14 Campuses
On Thursday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. ET, sports fans nationwide will experience SEC Network, a 24/7 multiplatform sports network devoted to the Southeastern Conference and operated by ESPN. The network will debut with its flagship news and information show SEC Now live from all 14 SEC campuses. Sports of all seasons will be showcased in the three-hour special sharing the passion, beauty and treasure trove of champions stowed up in SEC country.
Notable figures on and off the field, lent their voices in an opening essay that speaks to the tradition, pageantry and storied history of the SEC. Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Dara Torres and Joe Namath are among the 31 voices that will ring for the SEC. Their words will be the first etched in SEC Network history. They will be expanded upon over the course of the show and the year ahead by a talented pool of SEC Network commentators, 15 of which are involved in the opening show. In total, the premiere night will include 21 anchors, reporters and analysts in studio and reporting live from campuses.
The show will feature a diversity of sports coverage, a host of SEC Network experts, high-end features, behind-the-scenes access and sit-down interviews backbone elements for the regularly schedule SEC Now show.
Highlights of the debut special:
- Faces of SEC Now: Hosts Dari Nowkhah and Maria Taylor will anchor the first live show from the network's Charlotte, N.C., studios. They will be joined by broadcasting legend Brent Musburger as well as Paul Finebaum, Greg McElroy and Booger McFarland
- Live Whip Around Reporting: Analysts, reporters and even a SportsCenter anchor will be dispersed and reporting live from the following SEC locations: Marcus Spears (Alabama), Niki Noto (Arkansas), Rece Davis (Auburn), Joe Tessitore (Florida), Tim Tebow (Florida), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia), Laura Rutledge (Kentucky), Peter Burns (LSU), Ben McDonald (LSU), Tony Barnhart (Mississippi State), John Anderson (Missouri), Kaylee Hartung (Ole Miss), Shannon Spake (South Carolina), Ryan McGee (Tennessee), Kayce Smith (Texas A&M) and Jessica Mendoza (Vanderbilt)
- All-Access: Go inside football camps with wired coaches; listen live at Mississippi State practice with Coach Dan Mullen, stride alongside Florida's walkthrough with coach Will Muschamp and shout with Yell Leaders at Aggies Yell practice
- Features: Auburn offensive lineman Shon Coleman was sidelined in 2011 and 2012 while fighting leukemia. Coleman returned last September and is battling for the starting left tackle position vacated by Greg Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's NFL Draft
- Highlights: Live look-ins and highlights from in-progress soccer matches UAB at Vanderbilt and Creighton at Arkansas
SEC Now will be immediately followed with the SEC Storied debut of "The Stars are Aligned" at 9 p.m. The programming schedule for the next 14 days programming can be seen here.
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will carry 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. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, PTC Communications, Time Warner Cable, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC and will carry the television network nationwide at launch. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com <http://SECNetwork.com> through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.