May 14, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee soccer team will have a pair of regular-season games televised this fall on SEC Network and ESPNU, as announced by the Southeastern Conference and the SEC Network on Wednesday.
The SEC Network, a new 24/7 sports network launching August 14 and operated by ESPN, will elevate the Southeastern Conference volleyball and soccer programs with unprecedented national television coverage. This season's matchups will increase from a total of 14 events in 2013 to 80 events in 2014. The SEC Network alone will air a combined 65 live women's volleyball and women's soccer games in its debut year - more than five times the number of events available nationwide last year.
"This is a landmark for our league, and certainly it's a massive injection in the showcasing of our sport," Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky said. "Every student-athlete wants to perform on a bigger stage, with a bigger audience; and the SEC Network and its coverage of SEC soccer will certainly allow that to happen."
The Tennessee soccer team's 2014 SEC opener at Texas A&M on Sept. 18 will be aired live at 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. UT's final regular-season home match against Missouri on Oct. 26 will be aired live at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU. An additional slate of games, to be announced at a later date, will be carried on the SEC Network's digital platforms. All SEC Network and ESPNU games will be available on WatchESPN.
"These schedules reflect the breadth of exposure that our student-athletes will receive in the SEC's Olympic sports on the SEC Network," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. "It's indicative of the full array of sports and unprecedented number of televised events SEC fans will enjoy throughout the athletic year."
The 80 games scheduled by the SEC and ESPN include:
For the first time, SEC soccer will have a consistent television series, airing every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET beginning Aug. 22 through the regular season, with additional matchups on Sundays. The SEC Network will also televise the First Round, Quarterfinal and Semifinal rounds of the SEC Soccer Tournament from Nov. 3-7.
Also beginning in August, the SEC Network will air 45 college football games this season and feature a game from all 14 teams in the SEC at their home stadium in the first four weeks.
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC's 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform. AT&T U-Verse, DISH, Google Fiber and National Rural Telecommunications cooperative (NRTC) have agreed to carry the SEC Network.