Still no deal for SEC Network on Cable One or DirecTV

Cable One, DirecTV have not comes to terms with SEC Network

jkjonesJuly 11, 2014 




Cable One officials say they are still negotiating to carry the SEC Network and are optimistic they will have a deal by the time the network launches next month.

So far, AT&T U-Verse and Dish Network are the only television providers on the Coast with agreements in place to carry the SEC Network that officially launches its 24-hour, 7-day-a-week sports channel on Aug. 14.

It will be offered through ESPN, and when the SEC relaunched its website on July 1, ESPN also will power that.

Joe Felbab, Vice President of Marketing for Cable One, said a deal should be reached when the SEC Network debuts next month.

"We're working toward an agreement and expect to have one by Aug. 14," Felbab said. "Negotiations have been going very well. We're excited about the SEC Network and our customers want it."

Gulfport City Councilman Myles Sharp is hopeful Cable One can reach a deal.

"With football season approaching, I certainly hope for our citizens and customers that Cable One will have the deal in place," Sharp said. "If a deal isn't reached by then, Cable One can expect an outcry from its customers."

DirecTV officials say they are currently still negotiating with ESPN to acquire the channel.

"We're in the middle of productive discussions with Disney over ESPN's new SEC Network and hope to be able to provide it as soon as we possibly can," DirecTV public relations representative Robert Mercer said.

"Both DirecTV and Disney understand and appreciate the unique bond between SEC teams and the communities they represent, many of which lack any professional teams. We are working cooperatively to ensure that everyone can still see their favorite SEC team play at

the most reasonable value to all SEC fans and the rest of our customers throughout the Southeast."

The SEC Network will broadcast the league's men and women's sporting events, re-air countless footage of classic contests, interviews of legendary coaches and players dating back to the 1960s.

Southern Miss, Mississippi State and Ole Miss all play football games during the season's first three weeks.

As part of an SEC Network tripleheader, Mississippi State entertains Southern Miss on Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium. The other two games that day are UT Martin at Kentucky (11 a.m.) and Arkansas at Auburn (3 p.m.).

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