SEC/Disney Embark on Historic Partnership

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SEC/Disney Embark on Historic Partnership

Greg Sankey
Greg Sankey

Yesterday, SEC Commissioner Sankey announced that the League and ESPN/ABC have reached a ten-year agreement. Here are highlights of the deal:

FOOTBALL

·         All SEC-controlled regular season games produced and distributed nationally via ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN+, SEC Network or SEC Network+

·         SEC Football Game to be televised regularly on ABC on Saturday Afternoons

·         Option to feature marquee SEC games in primetime on ABC’s Saturday Night Football

·         Annual late afternoon Thanksgiving Friday game on ABC or ESPN

·         SEC Football Championship Game on ABC

·         Maximum one non-conference game per school per season on ESPN+ or SECN+ (begins with the 2021-22 season)

GAME BROADCAST WINDOWS

  • Early Window (start time between Noon and 1:00 pm ET)

·         Afternoon Window (start time between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm ET)

o   Games may appear on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN+, SECN and/or SECN+ without any broadcast exclusivity

·         Primetime Window (start time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET)

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Appearance Guarantees

·         Approximately eight new ABC/ESPN National Windows

·         More non-conference games on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2

Digital Platform Games

·         Maximum two non-conference games per school per year on ESPN+ (begins with the 2021-22 season)

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