The SEC Network has already premiered, however the college football season for 2014 has not gotten underway yet, and won’t until Thursday. That meant that there was still some hope that the SEC Network would be able to come to a last-minute agreement with one of the last major providers left, Verizon FiOS.
Well on Tuesday, just two days before the first SEC game between South Carolina and Texas A&M airs, they were able to do just that, as the two sides announced they had come to terms on a distribution agreement.
“We welcome the SEC Network to FiOS TV and look forward to carrying the studio content and athletic events it will offer, including the season-opening football doubleheader on Aug. 28,” said Terry Denson, Verizon’s vice president for content acquisition and strategy. “The preseason college poll lists eight SEC teams in the top 25; SEC football ratings are head and shoulders above other conferences; and SEC fans are extraordinarily and uniquely passionate about not only those teams but the entire conference as well. This deal with Disney-ESPN reinforces our already strong partnership with them which involves much more than this great new network.”
This was about as last-minute as you could possibly get, but they were able to work something out in the end. Now this ensures that all major outlets will carry one of the most coveted sports networks in the country at the moment.