ESPN and ABC Will Be the New Home of The SEC
I always love when two of my passions cross paths! And, today, they did just that as I get to share with y’all that ESPN and ABC will be the new home of the South Eastern Conference (SEC) beginning in 2024.
For two decades, The SEC has called CBS home. For as long as I can remember, if it was 3:30 pm EST on a College Football Saturday, the top SEC game of the week was going to be on CBS. Living in the South and surrounded by SEC fans everywhere, mostly Georgia Bulldog fans, 3:30 pm in the Fall is a sacred time so this change from CBS to ESPN and ABC is a HUGE deal!
It is being reported that the SEC has signed a 10-year, multi-million contract with ESPN and ABC. Together, the Networks will have the rights to the top 15 football games and eight marquee basketball matchups.
For the 2021 College Football Season, SEC fans of each team will be able to catch a non-conference game on ESPN+.
As I mentioned earlier, 3:30 pm EST in the South during College Football Season is an important time. That might be changing when the SEC makes the move over to ESPN and ABC. Sports Illustrated is reporting that while at least one SEC game will be played each Saturday at 3:30 pm EST, the big game of the week might not kickoff until 8 pm in the ABC prime time window.
The Commissioner of The SEC, Greg Sankey was looking for flexibility in scheduling game times when it came time to renew their TV contract so the conference could begin to schedule some games in the Summer. Currently, game times are scheduled about two weeks in advance.
It has also been confirmed that with the new TV contract, SEC games will continue to be played on Saturdays like they currently are with one exception. The week before the SEC Championship game, ESPN or ABC will air a SEC match up the day after Thanksgiving on a Friday. Sankey stated, “There will be none,” when asked about any other Friday or even Thursday night games.
Online reports speculate that the SEC/ESPN deal is worth about $300 million. This equates to each team in the SEC receiving an additional $20 million in TV revenue beginning in the 2024 football season. Currently, the Big Ten has the title earning the highest income from TV revenue but with this new deal, the SEC will take the top spot.
Let us know what you think about the SEC moving over to ESPN and ABC in the comments below!
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