Mediacom to carry SEC Network

3 years 3 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, August 14 2014 Aug 14, 2014 Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:41:00 PM CDT August 14, 2014 in News
By: Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Mediacom announced Thursday afternoon that it reached an agreement with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.

The report said the launch "highlights a larger, long-term deal" between Mediacom and The Walt Disney Company.

Fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference will be able to watch the SEC Network beginning Thursday, Aug. 14. This comes just in time for the first SEC 2014-2015 college football season game, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina, on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m.

Mediacom subscribers also have access to live and streaming services like WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com for use on television, computer, tablet or mobile device.

"Our cable systems in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee are located in the heart of SEC country," said Ed Pardini, Senior Vice President of Operations for Mediacom. "By launching the SEC Network, we will bring even more live college sports action to SEC alumni and fans."

Disney and ESPN Media Networks Senior Vice President Sean Breen added, "With the launch just hours away, this is great news for all of Mediacom's customers. Mediacom is a valuable addition to the overall footprint and we look forward to serving their customers and fans of the SEC."

The statement said the SEC Network will offer more than 1,000 live events in its first year, including at least 45 exclusive SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and other events across all of the SEC's 21 sports.

Mike Slive, Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference said, "We are pleased to have Mediacom join the SEC Network in advance of our launch on Thursday. Mediacom customers, which include viewers in seven SEC states, join more than 90 million homes with access to the Network."

The Missouri Tigers make their football debut on the SEC Network Sept. 13 with kickoff scheduled for 11 a.m.

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