May 2nd, 2013 at 1:43 PM ^

And you live in, say Atlanta, you'd be paying $10 + whatever margin your cable provider adds on in sports costs for just 4 channels:  ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports South, and SEC Network (Source: SNL Kagan). It'd be worth it if you're a sports fan, but they're fleecing everyone else.


May 2nd, 2013 at 1:47 PM ^

i cannot wait until it is legal for college athletes to get paid like the rest of $EC least that way the top recruits will go to schools in nice cities/states/regions compared to the likes of Tuscaloosa and wherever the hell the Mississippi schools are located...I mean seriously, why would you not choose a B1G of PAC12 school over a swampy, humid, hot and shitty town over the likes of AA, Berkely, Madison, LA, Eugene, etc.etc.etc.????


May 2nd, 2013 at 1:52 PM ^

Because you're an 18 year old male who doesn't care about education, wants to go to as few classes as possible, get as much assistance as possible, wants nice weather, and hot girls.  Plus, your arrogance may be blinding you, but Southern college towns are actually really nice and aren't getting snow in mid-April. 


May 2nd, 2013 at 1:48 PM ^

Or you mean a real SEC Network, not just the remnants of Raycom and ESPN Plus this time?

Great! Interesting that the SEC is selling itself to ESPN rather than the ownership being with the conference itself.

What will this mean to the B1G's ABC/ESPN relationship? I could see FOX & ESPN in a bidding war for first tier rights to B1G in a few years. Pac-12 just got $3bn from ESPN for 12 years last season, B1G could go $5bn for 15 from anyone. Just don't go with Versus/NBC!


May 2nd, 2013 at 1:52 PM ^

and given that BTN is 49% owned by News Corp, I think you'll see Fox take a keen interest on protecting some CFB from the ABC/ESPN duo. I'd expect Fox to pay more than market value simply to ensure that FS1 has enough content to be competitive with the ESPNs.


May 2nd, 2013 at 2:04 PM ^

only watch espn when Michigan is playing.  Really don't watch it otherwise, so doesn't really impact my life.

Hopefully the B1G will parlay this into a bigger TV payout when our TV contracts come up.


May 2nd, 2013 at 2:23 PM ^

SBNation included the network's already extant FAQ page as well as the ESPN full press release on this page (HERE).

Among some of the more interesting revelations inside the FAQ is that ESPN will be selling the advertising and sponsorship as well as represent the network in the Corporate Sponsor Program. It also seems like there will be no streaming of games on school sites anymore either, if I am reading this right. Conference staff, however, will not have airtime supposedly, so "The Mike Slive Variety Hour" is a non-starter fortunately. 


May 2nd, 2013 at 2:24 PM ^

At what point do you guys think that this shouldn't be allowed to happen due to a conflict of interests?  I am sure we all know that throughout the history of heisman voting, AP polls, coach polls, etc. people tend to vote for their conference/team over others. 

What happens when the major news network has a vested interest in building up one conference against all others?


News in the country is a fucked up thing from the past; all we have is entertainment



May 2nd, 2013 at 7:13 PM ^

They may be late, but they will also be paying their members a lot of money. Seeing as they already pay a lot to their coaching staffs and invest in their facilities, I would say they have only been held back. I love the B1G and everything, but this, while inevitable, will only make them more competitive.

Black Socks

May 3rd, 2013 at 12:33 AM ^

I would have liked the SEC to start its own network instead of sleeping with the damned Yankees from Connecticut.  Other than that it will be big money.  Congrats to them.