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SEC Network still not widely available

SEC Network still not widely available

ESPN not concerned

May 28th, 2014 in News

DESTIN, Fla. - The head of the SEC Network said ESPN is unconcerned about the new network's limited cable and satellite distribution deals with 2½ months to go before its launch.

ESPN has reached deals with satellite TV company Dish Network along with cable providers AT&T U-verse, Google Fiber and NRTC to carry the SEC Network.

Major distributors such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast and DirecTV are not yet onboard.

"We're not concerned at this point," Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president for college networks programming, said. "If you look back, not just with conference networks but networks as a whole, often times distribution holes are filled toward the end."

The SEC Network launches Aug. 14.

Commissioner Mike Slive said Tuesday it would be "unrealistic" to think the SEC Network will have full distribution by the time it launches.

The first SEC Network game is South Carolina at Texas A&M on Aug. 28.

"The next 75 days are focused on continuing to try to have productive conversations across the board and get as many distributors aboard as we can," Connolly said. "I will be comfortable when everything is done."