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SEC considering launching its own network

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by novelist_wannabe, May 28, 2008.

  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Following the model of the Big Ten. Sort of.

  2. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Hasn't the Big 10 Network struggled to get on cable systems?
  3. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    I don't like it. This league already screws the pooch when it comes to its basketball contracts, and this is going to make things worse, not better. And where schools have some flexibility begging off the JP Lincoln Financial Raycom game now, you can bet there will be none when the in-house network slots you for a breakfast kickoff.

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  4. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    That's why I said sort of. The story says part of the deal would be to have that in place before it launches. Doesn't sound like that would be a problem.

    To me, the interesting thing is that the conference might not launch it, but will use the possibility to pry more money out of the TV networks.
  5. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    Yes. They didn't realize how hard it was going to be to get on the Comcasts and Time-Warners. But they have gotten in on a lot of the community cable systems.

    Supposedly the BTN is close to a deal with Comcast. If that happens, the other big ones should fall before football season, because they'll strike similar deals.

    In our area, one community cable system has it. The main cable provider in our area — Mediacom — does not. So Iowa fans only got to see four men's basketball games this season (not that they missed much).

    Mediacom's favorite argument as to why it didn't include the BTN was it didn't want to raise customers' rates. Then, in January, it raised rates $3 a month — without the BTN.
  6. dargan

    dargan Active Member

    Glorious, isn't it
  7. Sxysprtswrtr

    Sxysprtswrtr Active Member

    What I'd like to know is, "WHEN" would be a good time to do this? ... When the economy worsens? ... When there are 50 Gazillion bowl games and Duke is in a bowl game every season ... When if you give it five years, there's an oversaturation of other conferences creating conference networks? List goes on.

    Hell ... go for it. Why not, Slive?
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    They're gonna do it. They're just going to make sure they don't repeat the Big 10's mistake of not locking up cable deals before they launch.
  9. Lester Bangs

    Lester Bangs Active Member

    In SEC country it would be hard for this thing to fail. It's like porn and the Internet. The only question is, who's going to get rich?
  10. Sxysprtswrtr

    Sxysprtswrtr Active Member

    If you use that analogy, wouldn't the only question be why pay to watch it when you can find it somewhere for free?
  11. Lester Bangs

    Lester Bangs Active Member

    Good point.
  12. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    I've heard the SEC is also looking into a network deal with Fox.
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