Conway Corporation is in active negotiations with ESPN/Disney/ABC Family to continue carriage of a host of networks. The current agreement expires July 31, 2014. Negotiation includes carriage of ESPN’s new service, the SEC Network, and Conway Corporation fully anticipates making this service available to customers when it launches on August 14, 2014. The network will be placed on channel 50 and HD channel 580.
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 will 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.