SEC, ESPN Sign 15-Year Deal

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference has signed a 15-year deal for ESPN to televise sporting events.

The deal was announced Monday and begins with the 2009-10 season.

The SEC had already announced a 15-year pact with CBS earlier in August. The league had been considering starting its own network.

ESPN's various networks will carry more than 5,500 SEC events, including football, men's and women's basketball, Olympic sports and SEC championships.

The football coverage will include games on Saturday night and two primetime Thursday games. The deal adds a second and third night of SEC basketball games on ESPN and ESPN2 and includes coverage of league championships in women's basketball, baseball, softball and gymnastics.

Raycom Sports had broadcast SEC football and basketball games.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Roy Location: Ft. Worth, Texas on Aug 26, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    The SEC should have only signed the contract with CBS provided that Vern Lundquist not be the announcer. Plus he voted against Alabama being the No. 1 team back in the late 70's or early 80'. He voted for USC instead. Ole Vern has got to go. Listing to him is about as exciting as watching paint dry.
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