*Ed Note: This article appears via Bloguin's college football blog Crystal Ball Run.
The SEC’s poorly kept secret – at one timed dubbed “Project X,” even though it had nothing to do with teaching chimpanzees to fly planes – became ever more poorly kept Friday when John Ourand of the SportsBusiness Journal revealed that the plans for the SEC television network will be unveiled next week.
Launching the network will ensure that the country’s toughest football conference will continue swimming in money for the foreseeable future. As Ourand notes, however, ESPN and the conference now face the challenge of gaining carriage for the new channel.
We’ve witnessed a series of protracted stand-offs between the networks and cable providers of late over the start of such channels. DirecTV, for instance, doesn’t have the Pac-12 Network yet. A smattering of providers have picked up the Longhorn Network from ESPN. Time Warner Cable went without the NFL Network for years before a deal was reached between the two.no comments