15 more years . . . 15 more years

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The SEC office just announced it has renewed its football and basketball television contract swith CBS for another 15 years.

The following is a release that was just sent:

In the new agreement, beginning with the 2009-10 season, CBS Sports continues to be the exclusive national network broadcaster of SEC home football games, including the SEC Championship Game. CBS Sports will showcase the top conference matchups each week of the package with the “SEC Game of the Week”. The agreement also includes a prime time game and doubleheader opportunities. In addition, CBS Sports continues its coverage of SEC regular-season basketball.

“This landmark deal allows THE SEC ON CBS to continue to be a cornerstone of our fall programming for many years to come,” said McManus. “The agreement provides CBS Sports with the opportunity to showcase the excitement, pageantry and rich traditions of the SEC across all CBS platforms. We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with one of the premiere conferences in the nation. ”

“The Southeastern Conference is proud to continue its association with CBS Sports,” said Dr. Lee Todd, President of the University of Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference. “This national network agreement provides a unique platform to share both the athletic and academic achievements of the 12 member institutions.”

“The SEC is the gold standard in college athletics, and we are proud to be associated with this great conference and its outstanding administrators, coaches and student-athletes,” said Mike Aresco, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “The length of this deal is a testament to the great brand that THE SEC ON CBS has become.”

“The Southeastern Conference is extremely pleased to extend its long-standing relationship with CBS Sports,” added Slive. THE SEC ON CBS enables the conference to continue its unique full, national network exposure. We have enjoyed working with CBS Sports over the past 13 years and we are excited about our long-term future.”

In addition to the broadcast rights on CBS Sports, this comprehensive long-team deal includes certain digital, internet, wireless, Video-on-Demand, data and enhanced highlight rights across all CBS platforms, including CBS College Sports Network and CBSSports.com. Also, simulcasts of CBS Sports games will be available for distribution by the CBS College Sports Network.

Is this good for the SEC? Does CBS do a good job with its coverage?

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22 Responses to “15 more years . . . 15 more years”

  1. imabulldog Says:

    Heck yeah its good for us! I’m still amazed tho, that we, the SEC, still today needs as much pub as we can get

  2. BirdZ! Says:

    CBS does alright. TV games are always too long. It’s funny hearing the CBS announcers doing the bowl game in el paso every year. I associate them with the SEC.

  3. BirdZ! Says:

    Any more talk about an SEC network?

  4. bigdraws Says:

    I think this says that it’s not going to happen. My only knock on CBS is that the picture is horrible.

  5. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Oh, the SEC network is going to happen, without doubt. In fact, I expect an announcement soon. This deal with CBS had to be taken care of first.

  6. jmbulldog Says:

    Gregg,
    So youre saying that a SEC network is inevitable?!? How soon would this be possible? Oh, and as for this year…Raycom will be in HD, right?

  7. bigdraws Says:

    I’ve got direct tv. No locals in HD yet. They say wtva in 2 months.

    “But sir, we offer 90something other channels in HD.”

    “Lady, lifetime and oxygen don’t count.”

  8. roastbeef1 Says:

    I usually like CBS’s coverage more than I do ESPN/ABC’s.

  9. bigdraws Says:

    You have to admit though. Espn has some of the best hd picture quality available.

  10. jmbulldog Says:

    bigdraws, i hear you. Im moving and getting direct tv for the first time and dont need Lifetime, Oxygen, or TLC in HD. I thought i could get comcast sports southeast (the channel that replays all the fball games) but apparently its the only comcast they dont carry.

  11. mrc188 Says:

    That Saturday afternoon national stage is important for the SEC’s image. It is an excellent time slot and an excellent presentation. No network is perfect, but I like CBS’s presentation a lot better than others.

  12. bleedmaroon Says:

    CBS is ok but they always seem to be a little partial to alabama games to me.

  13. 2thdoc Says:

    They do like the Bammers but I would love for them to show all of Saban’s losses on national tv. This year hardly anyone disagrees about the SEC being the top conference and I think more fans nationally outside of the south like it too. CBS does probably the best broadcasts with announcers all year but the ESPN picture is a thing of beauty on Saturday nights.

  14. imabulldog Says:

    you guys are gonna be proud of me- I’m getting my first HD 42′ this November!!! Atleast I can catch the bowl games on it this year 🙂

  15. bigdraws Says:

    A 42 foot television? You must have one helluva backyard!!

  16. carwwest Says:

    dude im getting mine right after christmas….i wish i could get it for football season but beggers cant be choosers….

  17. bigdraws Says:

    Got a 50″ plasma over here boys. If we’re on the road stop on by. Nah, I’ll prolly be at the road games too.

  18. farley662 Says:

    42″ plasma. 18inch……………………Whoa, wrong blog!

  19. bigdraws Says:

    18″ fitted cap??? No, it’s GG’s blog farley.

  20. farley662 Says:

    Man. Gonna go have a foot long. No, beans and weiners. Johnson cumming back for the championship team thing?

  21. imabulldog Says:

    My bad, 42” 🙂

  22. db33 Says:

    RAYCOM, LINCOLN FINANCIAL, JEFFERSON PILOT, whatever the he!! it is, SUX BEYOND ALL BELIEF. I can’t stand the announcers (although it has improved now that Golly Rowe is gone), and the picture quality is the absolute worst you’ll find on TV.

    Unless the Dogs are in that 1130am game, I really can’t watch it. Especially, when you can turn over to ESPNHD and see every other major conf. in HD. Or, the Big 10 in their own HD channel.

    Those 1130 games are on WCBI-4 out of Columbus in my area, and Gregg can you tell me if this year we’re finally going to have a great picture?

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