Jul 16, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; SEC commissioner Mike Slive talks with the media during the 2013 SEC football media days at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC Network Launches Today and the ACC Should Pay Attention

The SEC Network launches today at 6 p.m. and I can’t help but wonder if this is all just a ploy by ESPN to drag Tim Tebow out of unemployment.

Okay, maybe not. In any case though, I imagine college football fans of non-SEC teams are letting out a collective groan right about now. Many are surely asking themselves, doesn’t ESPN cover the SEC enough already? Are they not satisfied with their overwhelming victory in the propaganda war over the rest of college football?

Apparently not.

But the debut of the SEC Network today should be considered noteworthy for any fan of a power conference team, because this is likely where all the major conferences are heading. Now that two three of the Power Five conferences have their own networks, (not to mention Texas’ Longhorns Network) the other three two are going to need/want their own, for fear of being left behind.

This is, of course, why the ACC added Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The ACC is going to want a major network of their own somewhere down the line and they are going to want that network on televisions in New York and Pennsylvania. Same thing with Louisville, even if it is more believable to say that the Cardinals were added with their recent football success in mind than it is with Pitt and Syracuse.

FanSided writer and Dawn of the Dawg editor Michael Collins wrote a great piece on how the SEC Network is going to change how college sports are broadcast. It’s definitely worth a read, even if you are as tired of hearing about the glorious Southeastern Conference as I am. This probably is the future, and we should pay attention, if only to avoid the SEC Network’s mistakes.

Hopefully, when the ACC gets their network, they will find someone less boring than Tebow to analyze their games.

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