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|ESPN, SEC OK|
I was excited to hear about the milestone 15-year agreement be-tween the Southeastern Conference and ESPN which will result in ESPN entities carrying more than 5,500 SEC events.
Those events include football, men's and women's basketball, Olympic sports and SEC Championships.
As part of the deal, ESPN and ESPN2 will continue to offer premier SEC games, including Saturday night and two primetime Thursday football games, triple the basketball offerings with three nights (two new) of men's basketball and present SEC championships in women's basketball, baseball, softball and gymnastics.
Also, ESPN Regional Television will become 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.
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 will be aired on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN on ABC, ESPNU or ESPN Classic.
So how can you complain about the coverage ESPN will be giving the SEC? Actually, others can.
The selfish part of me is excited because you know now that ESPN will be promoting the SEC like crazy.
There won't be a Sports Center without an SEC feature. After all, ESPN has a lot of money invested in the product.
But if I am anywhere else (even over there in southern California), I'm throwing up one of those challenge flags.
Because the Big 10, Big 12, Pac-10, ACC, WAC and Big East just took a back seat to the SEC. Sure the SEC is the best football conference and in the top two or three in other sports.
And while I feel as a fan that's only right, I can understand some folks being a little miffed.
It's kind of like when Notre Dame signed a television deal with NBC. I didn't think that was fair then, don't think it's fair now, so it would be a bit hypocritical to say the SEC's deal with ESPN is long overdue and the right thing to do.
But, as we have come to know with the BCS, it's all about money. And you can't blame ESPN for banking on the SEC to bring in the ratings. At least in this part of the country.