SEC Network's SEC Nation Roster Adds Finebaum and Spears; Additional Sites Announced
The lineup for the SEC Network's two-hour (10 a.m. - noon ET) traveling Saturday morning college football show SEC Nation was revealed this weekend in Nashville, Tenn., at the Music City Sports Festival. Previously announced host Joe Tessitore and analyst Tim Tebow will be joined each week by talk radio provocateur Paul Finebaum and former LSU and NFL star, Marcus Spears. The SEC Network is a new 24/7 sports network launching August 14 and operated by ESPN in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference.
Finebaum and Spears' additional roles with the network were announced earlier this year including Finebaum's daily radio show (2 - 6 p.m. ET) and Spears' football analyst role for the network's year-round football coverage.
"Our SEC Nation team encompasses the veteran voices our fans expect and insider knowledge they deserve. Paul and Marcus bring a variety of experiences that will complement Joe and Tim, providing viewers with a high-caliber, full view of SEC matchups each week," said Stephanie Druley, vice president, production for college networks.
Also, more sites for SEC Nation's early season schedule were revealed adding to the previously announced appearances at South Carolina on August 28 and Auburn on August 30. The show will begin its September slate in Nashville, Tenn., home to Vanderbilt University and travel to all 14 SEC schools by season's end. The schedule:
Date Time (ET) School/City
Thu, Aug. 28 4 - 6 p.m. South Carolina/Columbia, S.C.
Sat, Aug. 30 10 a.m. - noon Auburn/Auburn, Ala.
Sat, Sept. 6 10 a.m. - noon Vanderbilt/Nashville, Tenn.
Sat, Sept. 13 10 a.m. - noon Florida/Gainesville, Fla.
Sat, Sept. 20 10 a.m. - noon Alabama/Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Also beginning August 28, 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. Full details.
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.