After months of negotiations, the Frankfort Plant Board (FPB) has approved a contract from ABC/Disney/ESPN that includes rights to the new SEC Network. The deal was approved by the FPB Directors during a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The SEC Network is included in the new contract, which also contains renewals for the ESPN family of networks, Disney Channel, and ABC Family among others. The contract also includes rights to WatchESPN and WATCH Disney, TV Everywhere products that allow for viewing on PCs and mobile devices. The contract was recently negotiated by the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), of which FPB and over 950 other cable providers across the United States are members.
FPB Assistant General Manager of Cable-Telecom John Higginbotham says getting this deal done was huge for FPB Cable customers. “We know our customer base includes a large number of UK fans and the SEC Network was priority number one for them. We are very happy to get this deal in place so our customers, and the fans of Big Blue Nation, don’t miss any of the action on the SEC Network.”
The SEC Network will be seen on FPB Classic Cable channel 34 and in HD on 534. Programming for the new network begins on August 14.
ABOUT THE SEC NETWORK
The SEC Network (also known as the SEC ESPN Network) is an upcoming cable college sports network dedicated to coverage of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The network will be operated by ESPN as part of a 20-year partnership, and feature coverage of SEC sports, along with news/analysis programs and other content focusing on the SEC's member schools. SEC Network will air events across the 21 sports that the conference sponsors; within its first year, the network and its digital outlets plan to broadcast at least 1000 live events, with at least 450 on television. Yearly, the network will broadcast approximately 45 football games, 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, and 75 baseball games. For football, SEC Network plans to air three Saturday games per week in early, afternoon, and evening windows.