Georgia's Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs Alan Thomas sits down with Chuck Dowdle to talk about the launch of the SEC Network and what it means for Georgia.

Why do you need to get involved?
The SEC Network needs help from all the SEC fans in order to get the SEC Network on as many cable and satellite providers as possible. The more people that request the SEC Network the more likely that provider will be to add it.

FAQ

  • What is the SEC Network?

    The new channel developed by ESPN and the Southeastern Conference to serve fans of one of the nation's most elite conference — the SEC. The network will air SEC content 24/7 including 45 SEC football games, 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and additional events from the SEC's 21 annual sports. Programming will also include studio shows and original content such as SEC Storied.

  • When will the SEC Network launch?

    August 14, 2014

  • What will the network be called?

    The network will be called the "SEC Network."

  • How is this different than other conference or single-school networks?

    This collaboration between the SEC and ESPN will combine unparalleled content from one of the most competitive conferences in the country with the industry-leading production quality fans expect from ESPN.

    This will be a national sports network.

  • Will I be able to watch the network on my mobile phone or similar device?

    Yes. The SEC Network will be available on computers, tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices like Xbox to fans who receive their video subscription through an affiliated provider. The aim is to make this content available to fans anytime, anywhere, similar to how the WatchESPN application works today.

  • Where will the network be located?

    The production home will be in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Why is Charlotte the network's home especially since there are no SEC teams in N.C.?

    ESPN already has a state-of-the-art facility in Charlotte that is easily accessible from across the SEC footprint.

  • Where can I apply for a job at SEC Network?

    Apply online at ESPNcareers.com

  • What schools are in the SEC?

    University of Alabama
    University of Arkansas
    Auburn University
    University of Florida
    University of Georgia
    University of Kentucky
    Louisiana State University
    University of Mississippi
    Mississippi State
    University of Missouri
    University of South Carolina
    University of Tennessee
    Texas A&M University
    Vanderbilt University

  • How many live events will be on the SEC Network?

    More than 1,000 live events will be available in the first full year across the television network and its digital extensions.

  • What will be the first games on the SEC Network?

    The 2014-15 College Football season opens with Texas A&M vs. South Carolina and Temple vs. Vanderbilt.

  • How will you decide what games to televise early in the network's existence?

    The SEC has great depth in all major sports so the network will have top-tier matchups each week.

  • What kind of studio shows will be on the SEC Network?

    Specific programming is still being developed, current plans include:
    • SEC Nation — Host Joe Tessitore is joined by analyst Tim Tebow and contributors on a different SEC campus each week for this two-hour traveling pregame show with game previews, highlights, features and the sights and sounds of game day in the SEC. SEC Nation will air Saturdays from 10-noon ET.
    • A daily sports news program similar to SportsCenter.
    • The Paul Finebaum Show — A daily four-hour radio show, ESPN Radio's Paul Finebaum shares compelling opinions on SEC football through a deep knowledge of the conference and interaction with passionate callers that have followed him for years.
    • SEC Storied — A features series from ESPN Films exploring the rich athletic history of the SEC's recent and more distant past.

  • What other programming will be on the SEC Network?

    In addition to studio shows and live events, the network will air new SEC Storied features celebrating the rich history and tradition of the conference, along with classic games, and other original program to be announced. The SEC Network will not air high school football games.

  • Will the Network include new personalities or use existing ESPN personalities for the games and studio shows?

    A mix of both existing ESPN personnel and new on-air staff will be present on the network. Most recent staff announced to be featured on the network include Paul Finebaum, Joe Tessitore, Brent Musberger, Jesse Palmer, Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow.

  • How can I get the SEC Network in time for the August 2014 launch?

    Agreements are already in place with AT&T U-verse, DISH, Google Fiber, and other providers (as listed below) to distribute the network. ESPN will continue negotiating with the other distributors for carriage of the SEC Network. Your cable, satellite, or telco provider makes programming decisions based on customer requests. You can support the SEC Network by calling your cable, satellite, or telco provider and requesting the SEC Network OR by going to GetSECNetwork.com to sign-up.

    • Arthur Mutual Telephone Company
    • Audeamus, LLC (aka Kerman Telephone)
    • Ayersville Telephone Company
    • BEK Communications Cooperative
    • Brookings Municipal Utilities dba Swiftel Communications
    • CenCom, Inc. IPTV
    • Central Arkansas Telephone Cooperative
    • Chickamauga Telephone Corporation
    • City of Dunnellon dba Greenlight Dunnellon Communications
    • Com Net, Inc.
    • Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc.
    • Fulton Telephone Company
    • Garden Valley Telephone Company IPTV
    • Glandorf Telephone Company
    • Grafton Technologies
    • Greenlight D unnellon Communications
    • IdeaTek Systems, Inc.
    • Integra Telecom, Inc
    • McClure Telephone Company
    • Mid-Plains Rural Telephone dba Mid-Plains Communications
    • North Dakota Telephone Company
    • Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company
    • Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC)
    • Plateau Telecommunications
    • Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation
    • Rural Burleigh Cable
    • Siren Communications
    • Southern Montana Telephone Company
    • SPTC Telcom
    • Trenton Telephone Company dba Tennessee Valley Network (TVN)
    • Tri-County Telephone Association (IPTV)
    • United Telephone Mutual Aid Corporation IPTV
    • Valu-Net, LLC
    • Vaughnsville Telephone Company
    • Waldron Telephone Company
    • Yadkin Valley Telecom IPTV
  • What happens if my carrier doesn't offer the network?

    We encourage you to keep calling your cable, satellite or telco provider to request the SEC Network or switch to a carrier that does.

  • Can I pay to subscribe to the network online, Pay-Per-View or via ESPN3 if I can't get it on TV?

    No.

  • I live in a state outside the SEC footprint. Are you working to make sure we are able to see the network too?

    Yes. Our interest is in delivering this content in broadly distributed packages across the country.

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