The Southeastern Conference has signed a
15-year deal for ESPN to televise sporting events.
The deal was announced Monday and begins with the 2009-10
The SEC had already announced a 15-year pact with CBS earlier in
August. The league had been considering starting its own network.
ESPN's various networks will carry more than 5,500 SEC events,
including football, men's and women's basketball, Olympic sports
and SEC championships.
The football coverage will include games on Saturday night and
two primetime Thursday games. The deal adds a second and third
night of SEC basketball games on ESPN and ESPN2 and includes
coverage of league championships in women's basketball, baseball,
softball and gymnastics.
Raycom Sports had broadcast SEC football and basketball games.