We’ve chronicled the difficulties ESPN has had in getting SEC Network carried across the conference footprint. Up until now, Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse along with a few smaller cable providers have agreed to pick up SEC Network in time for the August 14 launch date.

Now, ESPN can count on one more and it’s a cable company with many subscribers located in SEC country. Cox Communications has signed with ESPN to have SEC Network placed on its cable lineup.

It also means that Cox subscribers will have access SEC Network through “TV Everywhere” meaning they can watch the channel on their desktop computers, mobiles and tablets.

SEC Network will air 45 football games, more than 100 live men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games and events that encompass the conference’s 21 sports.

This is a big feather for ESPN and SEC Network, but other holdouts remain such as Comcast and DirecTV. There’s just a litle more than a month to go before the network’s launch. We’ll see if more of the major cable and satellite providers will continue to sign as August 14 approaches.


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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.