DirecTV Won't Carry The SEC Network And SEC Fans Are Rightfully Upset

When the SEC Network was announced, it was predicted that it would be a huge success, due to the fanbase of each of the 14 institutions having a rabid fever for college football. The network is slated to air three SEC games every weekend during the season.

However, plans hit a roadblock when DirecTV started sending emails to it’s subscribers saying they “have no particular plans to carry the SEC Network.”

The controversy started with blogger Clay Travis on twitter:

Then the outrage from SEC fans spilled on Twitter:

DirectTV issued a tweet later:

The outrage that was sparked by DirecTV showed one thing: Any carrier that denies SEC fans the ability to watch their favorite team on TV will feel a huge backlash. So far, AT&T is the only major carrier that is onboard with launching the network in August and has been since the day it was first announced.

The real problem is that it is a property that is owned by ESPN, who already charges the most per subscriber to their carriers. So certainly, the pushback from DirecTV to pay for another ESPN channel is understandable, considering the network already runs five main channels and a bunch of others. But once SEC fans start missing games, carriers will likely have to swallow it and pay the rate eventually when subscribers start jumping ship.

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