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    • ESPN, SEC Agreement 2009-2024



      BIRMINGHAM, AL
      -- ESPN and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) have reached a milestone 15-year agreement beginning in 2009-10 and continuing through 2023-24. The landmark deal - the longest national rights agreement in ESPN history -- results in ESPN entities (ESPN, ESPN on ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN International, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic) carrying more than 5,500 SEC events - including football, men's and women's basketball, Olympic sports and SEC Championships.

      ESPN has televised the SEC since 1982. All national programming will fall under the branding "SEC on ESPN." As part of the agreement:

    • ESPN and ESPN2 offer premier SEC games, including Saturday night and two primetime Thursday football games, basketball offerings with three nights of men's basketball and present SEC Championships in women's basketball, baseball, softball and gymnastics.
    • ESPN Regional Television (SEC Network) is the new over-the-air syndication home for SEC football and basketball games. In addition, ESPN and the SEC will work together to offer multi-sport packages (including football, men's and women's basketball, Olympic sports and conference championships) of SEC content for regional cable syndication.
    • ESPNU offers exclusive SEC telecasts, including football and basketball and selected conference championships. In addition, the network will present a weekly, hour-long program on SEC sports throughout the academic year as well as sport-by-sport previews, reviews and specials.
    • The semifinals and championship of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament will be televised nationally for the first time on ESPN on ABC.
    • All SEC championship games except football air on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN on ABC, ESPNU or ESPN Classic.
    • The agreement also showcases the academic successes of SEC student-athletes by including twice-annual programs dedicated to academic accomplishments of SEC student-athletes; an annual Campus Connection (students take part in the production) telecast at each SEC institution; a weekly segment on an SEC show featuring academics; and an online SEC Academic Network utilizing ESPN3.com technology.
    • Extensive coverage of women's basketball and Olympic sports are offered nationally through ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU and regionally through ESPN Regional Television, including both regular-season and conference championships.
    • Comprehensive multimedia rights are also an integral part of the agreement as live SEC action, including football and basketball, are offered via simulcasts on ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV and extensive content rights have been granted to ESPN.com.
    • ESPN International, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes also feature the SEC.
    • Each SEC institution retains the right to continue a local multi-media rights package.

      Following are the key details of the agreement:

      Football

      ESPN has acquired rights to every SEC home football game (excluding those on the network broadcast package) and serves as the exclusive national cable home and the syndication rightsholder for the conference.

      ESPN and ESPN2: The networks combine to televise a minimum of 20 SEC games annually, including Saturday night and two primetime Thursday matchups.
      ESPNU: The 24-hour college sports network, which launched in March 2005, presents a package of SEC football for the first time, with a Saturday game-of-the-week (generally in primetime and a minimum of 13 games annually).
      ESPN Regional Television (SEC Network): The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming is the official over-the-air syndication home for the SEC and features a game-of-the-week package (generally at 12:30 p.m. ET), with a minimum of 13 games each season throughout the SEC footprint and beyond. In addition, ERT produces and distributes a studio show airing at noon Eastern Time each week.
      ESPN3.com: Simulcasts of SEC game telecasts are offered on the broadband network.
      ESPN Mobile TV: Live games will be simulcast on mobile phones.
      ESPN International: The agreement includes global rights to present live games and encore presentations.
      ESPN Deportes: ESPN acquired domestic Spanish-language rights for SEC football on the 24-hour, U.S.-based network.
      ESPN GamePlan: The out-of-market college football pay-per-view service, offers SEC action.
      ESPN Classic: The network may telecast select SEC live games as well as historic and immediate encore presentations.
      ESPN.com: Extensive SEC content, including highlights, will be presented online.

       

      Men's Basketball

      As the exclusive national cable home and syndication rightsholder, an ESPN outlet offers every SEC conference game (excluding those on the network broadcast package) and numerous inter-conference matchups.

      ESPN and ESPN2: The networks tripled the offerings by featuring SEC action three nights per week through a minimum of 24 conference games plus an additional six non-conference matchups involving the SEC each season. Highlighting the increased schedule is the SEC on ESPN's Super Tuesday and the addition of SEC slots on Thursday and Saturday (ESPN or ESPN2).
      ESPNU: The network televises exclusively a minimum of seven conference and five non-conference games.
      ESPN on ABC: A minimum of two regular-season games each season plus the addition of a national telecast of the SEC Tournament Semifinals and Championship Game, giving ABC an entry into the annual Championship Week.
      ESPN Regional Television (SEC Network): Similar to football, ERT produces and syndicates a minimum of 37 conference games each season throughout SEC territories and beyond. Highlights include weekly doubleheaders on Saturdays, Wednesday night games, a studio show and the first two rounds of the SEC Tournament.
      ESPN3.com: Simulcasts of SEC game telecasts are offered on the broadband network.
      ESPN Mobile TV: Live games are simulcast on mobile phones.
      ESPN International: The agreement includes global rights to present live games and encore presentations.
      ESPN Deportes: ESPN has acquired domestic Spanish-language rights for SEC basketball on the 24-hour, U.S.-based network.
      ESPN FULL COURT: The out-of-market college basketball pay-per-view service, offers SEC action.
      ESPN Classic: The network may telecast select SEC live games as well as historic and immediate encore presentations.
      ESPN.com: Extensive SEC content, including highlights, is presented online.

       

      Women's Basketball

      ESPN and ESPN2: SEC teams make a minimum of 16 appearances on ESPN or ESPN2 and one of the networks also televises the conference tournament championship game.
      ESPNU: The network features a minimum of 16 appearances by SEC teams, in addition to the women's conference tournament semifinals.
      ESPN Regional Television: ERT syndicates a game-of-the-week during the regular season as well as the early rounds of the women's conference tournament.

       

      Olympic Sports

      ESPN and ESPN2: A minimum of three regular-season baseball or softball games are offered on ESPN or ESPN2 as well as three regular-season gymnastics matches. In addition, the conference championships in gymnastics, softball and baseball are televised.
      ESPNU: A minimum of 25 regular-season events annually are televised, including baseball, softball, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field and others. ESPNU covers all SEC Conference events not on ESPN or ESPN2, including swimming and diving, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and women's soccer.