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Mar 14, 2013 8:12 PM

SEC Network Plans

The Southeastern Conference will be the next conference with it's own cable channel.

According to a Yahoo! Sports article, SEC Comissioner Mike Slive confirms the announcement will be made in mid-April.

The SEC will join the Big Ten and Pac-12 as conferences with their own cable channel. In fact, it was the success on the Big Ten Network and the immediate impact of the Pac-12 Network that inspired the SEC to add its own.

Here's more from the Yahoo! Sports article on the issue:

The new network is expected to be a partnership with an established broadcast entity, most likely ESPN. That would be similar to the Big Ten Network deal, which is 49 percent owned by the conference and 51 percent owned by Fox. The SEC already has an extensive relationship with ESPN.

Previous media reports have said the SEC Network is expected to launch in 2014, after the expiration of current third-tier TV rights contracts.

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