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I guess it's official now and finally made public, so I can fill the rest of you in on how it happened.
In 1979, an insurance agent, a father and son, and an oil company got together to try to promote a conference in the Southeastern portion of the country. They decided to disguise their intentions, by putting the network in a small town in Connecticut, within shouting distance of the country's largest market. At first, they decided to cut their teeth with most professional sports, but once everything became a well-oiled machine, it was ready to begin its original goal of highlighting the nation's elite conference.
In the early 90's, the SEC led by Commissioner Kramer, felt that ESPN was not up to the standard that the SEC wanted for their official sports network. In 1995, Kramer had completed the deal for Disney to purchase ESPN and finally the SEC had the money backer that they were looking for.
The next step was to not make it look so obvious (other than complete domination of course) and hire mainly analysts with ties to the Big 10, Pac 10 (now 12), and Big East. It would take some time, but even the Ohio St fans finally realized that their once heroes on the playing field had been turned and were even instrumental in making sure that the SEC was promoted at every turn even if it meant being shunned from their own Universities and forced to move to SEC markets for the safety of their families.
The SEC even let Fox run with the BCS at first, although they did insist that ABC/ESPN keep the rights to the Rose Bowl. The SEC offices wanted to make sure that its fans had that much needed comedic relief between the morning/early afternoon slate of SEC games and the evening SEC games each Jan 1st that really only the PAC10 (now 12) and the Big10(now with 12 and soon to be 14, but still 10) could provide.
Then, once the BCS had taken hold and shown to be quite profitable, it was time for ESPN and the SEC to take that over as well. It started becoming a little less obvious to some that they SEC was running the nation's biggest sports entity so they began to give former SEC stars the platform of becoming analysts as well. That was shown to only make the station better as even though people like Herbie, Andre Ware, Desmond Howard, and company were starting to really begin to understand the game, being able to work and learn side by side with some players that played in the SEC really accelerated their understanding of the game and made them better.
So, now that you know, you can understand that just because it says the SEC Network will be owned by ESPN, the network was bought and paid for decades ago. We just really only slow-played the network so that we could ensure that they would become the leader in the industry not only in the nation, but also the world. If the SEC would have tipped their hat too soon, another network could have risen up and joined in before it got too late. Fortunately, it is past the point of no return for the rest of the country. The other network's products (outside of the NFL network) are second rate and a joke and really have no say in anything. ESPN and the SEC even allowed the NFL network to run with the NFL so that there would be more time for what really mattered to the people in charge.
Thank you for your continued support of our network and you are welcome for allowing you to share just a tiny part of the wonders that is the SEC and ESPN.
Weird. Just thumbing through the channels and now I appear to have SEC-Disney, SEC-HBO, SEC-CNN and SEC-CSPAN.
Not bad. The funny part is there are people who believe stuff like this.
I am hoping they do a 30 for 30 on this.
Down here though it would be Fox News-SEC though.
You might want to stay away from SEC-Porn
3 time POTW
TLDR, OP. Also don't really give a shit
Read it, bitch. YDWIW
My daughter will be fired up for the new Disney princess Bobbi Jo.
Disagree. Looking forward to Honey Boo Boo After Hours and Swamp People: Exposed.
I thought ESPN already was the SEC network?
Butthurt much? ESecPN
Butthurt about what? I just stated ESPN sucks. Their network is a joke. Yet schmucks always tune in to keep it running. Has nothing to do with SEC
Not sure how anyone can think that ESPN is a great network.
ESPN does blow.
They don't talk up LSU as much as TAMU and Bama.
ESPN can suck a giant turd
Danielle Hunter, Jamario Rasco, Anthony FREAK Johnson.. DL wrecking crew of 2013.
They really do suck. That said I am glad this deal is going through ESPN because I live in a different market so hopefully I can get this network.
One of these days ESPN will talk up Nebraska. But we will probably follow it up by getting demolished by an average team. That is kind of our MO these days.
ESPN thinks TAMU beat LSU last season and finished above us in the SEC. I've heard it at least 6 times on that network.
Anyways, enough complaining.. I will admit it will be awesome to have all games on ESPN or ESPN3/Xbox. They suck as a network but they do know how to cover games.. WAY better than Verne' too.
ESPN can still go to hell though
I do love the coverage ESPN provides and it does cover football well. But the analysts and content outside of live sporting events sucks ass
ESPN is desperate for quality programming that appeals to their target demographics. They set out to get the very best in college football. First they got the number one target on their list (University of Texas). Having achieved that it was only natural they would go after their number 2 target, the SEC
So Longhorn Network>>>SEC to ESPN. Got it
2 games on LHN > 45 games on SEC network
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