Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ESPN, SEC Agree to Historic, 15-Year Television Deal; Contract, Which Will Begin Next Season, Is Worth Billions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ESPN, SEC Agree to Historic, 15-Year Television Deal; Contract, Which Will Begin Next Season, Is Worth Billions

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

GAINESVILLE -- ESPN has become the official home of the Southeastern Conference.

The two parties on Monday announced a 15-year deal that will allow the cable television network's various channels and media to broadcast coverage of more than 5,500 events, including football, men's and women's basketball, Olympic sports and SEC championship games.

The deal, which Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal has reported is worth $2.25 billion, begins with the 2009-10 school year and runs through 2023-24.

The deal does not affect the 15-year contract the league recently signed with CBS. It does guarantee that every SEC school will have home games televised on either CBS or the ESPN family of channels unless ESPN releases the game for a pay-per-view broadcast, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. Each school is allowed a maximum of one pay-per-view broadcast per season.

"ESPN has been a tremendous partner of the SEC for more than two decades and we are excited about extending that relationship another 15 years," Foley said. …

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