Posted: Aug 13, 2014 4:28 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: Aug 13, 2014 6:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - At 5 p.m. CST tomorrow, the SEC Network will light up screens in Baton Rouge and across the nation as coverage of Southeastern Conference sports adopts a new schedule: 24/7/365.
The Aug. 14 launch comes after lengthy negotiations by TV service providers with intensive collaboration between the league's 14 schools, SEC officials and ESPN to make the channel possible.
"Across the board, there is a strong sense of excitement from everyone in the league," said LSU Senior Associate Athletics Director Eddie Nunez in an interview with LSUSports.net.
The on-air celebration kicks off in the more than 90 million homes with access to the network with its flagship news and information show "SEC Now" which will air live from all 14 SEC campuses. The opening special will run for three hours and will showcase sports from all seasons in the Southeastern Conference.
The Manning brothers, Shaquille O'Neal, Dara Torres and Joe Namath will be among the 31 guest voices of the opening salvo that seeks to highlight the passionate tradition of SEC athletics. Over the course of the network's opening night, 21 anchors, reporters and analysts will report in studio and live from the campuses of the conference.
The show will include highlights and live look-ins from two in-progress conference soccer matches and interviews with championship-winning coaches representing all of the SEC's 21 sponsored sports.
Work wrapped up over the past weeks to put the finishing touches on two brand new control rooms in the Moran Athletics Building designed to meet the demands of putting on a network quality broadcast from LSU's campus. All 14 schools were involved in renovation efforts to some extent in order to meet the broadcast standards set forth by the network.
The expansion of on-site broadcasting equipment is part of LSU's investment in the necessary setup for the network that administration believes will provide a platform for the university's student-athletes, venues and passion to shine on a national scale.
"I don't know if America understands how strong the SEC is as a whole," Nunez said of the sports the league sponsors. "Being able to showcase a conference that excels nationally in every sport is important."
In anticipation of the long-awaited launch, check for availability on your TV service provider by using the SEC Network Channel Finder.