Negotiations between the SEC Network and and cable carriers and satellite providers is intense. More important, the cost of the network is proving to be extremely high, as this story in Sports Business Daily explains. There's no telling which providers will actually carry the network this fall.
According to that publication, "Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the biggest cable operators in the SEC’s footprint, and ESPN is using its schedule to apply pressure against them. The SEC Network’s first football game Aug. 28 will be between two schools based in Time Warner Cable markets: South Carolina and Texas A&M. The second game of its Aug. 28 doubleheader will feature Vanderbilt, which is in a Comcast market, against Temple, in Comcast’s hometown of Philadelphia."
A deal is apparently in the works with Dish Network, but there is no mention of how negotiations are going with DirecTV, if at all.
-- Phillip Tutor