The SEC Network is finally here. At 5 o’clock central time, that blank screen or team logoed background (depending on your television service provider) will spring to life.
Many fans across the Southeastern Conference footprint spent a lot of time worrying this spring and summer that their cable or satellite provider would not allow us to view the launch of the newest ESPN family network. However, by and large, the providers fell in line. And now, the wait is over, and as many as 75 million viewers will have the ability to tune in tonight.
If you missed Fansided’s in-depth look at the SEC Network, check it out here.
First up for the all-SEC-sports-all-the-time channel is SEC Now, the news and highlight show that should be the conference’s version. SEC Now will air for three hours during the initial broadcast, and then at 8 pm CT, the network will show a new SEC Storied special, “The Stars Are Aligned.” Former Auburn golfer Jason Dufner will represent the Tigers as the SEC Storied documentary explores a group of celebrity fans with special ties to each of the 14 schools.
Other SEC Storied documentaries to be shown on SEC Network include “Bo, Barkley & the Big Hurt,” surrounding famous Auburn figures Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley and Frank Thomas. The film will air on August 21 at 8 pm CT and will follow the 2014 Auburn Football Preview.
Additional Tigers-specific programming “The Best of Auburn” will air after “Bo, Barkley, & the Big Hurt,” including replays of the 2013 Auburn-Georgia football game, the 2011 BCS National Championship Game against Oregon, and the 2013 Iron Bowl. You can find a complete schedule of SEC Network programming for the first two weeks here.
In anticipation of the launch of the SEC Network, as well as the upcoming college football season, the ESPN #busblitz crew was in Auburn today and gave fans a live look at Auburn practice on SportsCenter.
SEC Nation, a show expected to be similar to ESPN’s College GameDay, will broadcast live from Jordan-Hare Stadium on August 30, when the Tigers will host the Arkansas Razorbacks. The show will begin at 9 am CT and will run for two hours. The game will also be broadcast live on the SEC Network at 3 pm CT.