Texas A&M vs. South Carolina: SEC Network ready to make a statement opening night

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We’re still 91 days away from Texas A&M and South Carolina kicking off the football season and the SEC Network, but plans are already underway to make sure the new network has a chance to make a huge statement.

“It’s going to be a big production,” ESPN senior VP of college networks Justin Connolly said Wednesday at the SEC’s spring meetings. “It’s a chance for us to make a statement, and we are going to put a lot of resources behind it.

“I would say what (fans) can expect is the same high quality they would see for a Thursday night opener on ESPN,” Connolly said. “We are going to have a whole lot of bells and whistles just to show what the fans can expect when they tune into the SEC Network, they are going to get an A1 broadcast level experience.”

The network’s new “GameDay” show SEC Nation will be in attendance, although the exact set location hasn’t yet been disclosed. The SEC Network will broadcast from every SEC stadium within the first four weeks of the season. You can view that schedule here.

The network already has agreements in place with AT&T U-Verse, Google Fiber and Dish Network for distribution, and it’s still working on Comcast and DirecTV, among others.

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  • I hope ESPN does a better job than they did with the NFL draft. They were awful.

  • It’s so close to kickoff time! I was worried that I wasn’t going to get The SEC Network. Being that I work for DISH, I found out as soon as it was announced that we’ll have it. I’m so glad that they pulled through for us fans!