The Southeastern Conference has signed a 15-year deal with ESPN reportedly worth more than $2 billion to televise sporting events, including football and men’s and women’s basketball, it was announced Monday.
“This agreement makes the SEC the most widely distributed conference in the country,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive.
The deal begins with the 2009-10 season and ends the league’s look into starting a network to carry its sporting events. Per the agreement, ESPN will have rights to every SEC home football game not on the network package and all league match-ups will be shown on some outlet, including at least 20 a year on ESPN or ESPN2. That includes two primetime Thursday night match-ups and Saturday night games.