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Cox Communications Agrees to Carry SEC Network on Launch

And there was much rejoicing in households across Louisiana..

ESPN and Cox Communications have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network on Cox when the multiplatform network launches on August 14, 2014.  The channel will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in all Cox markets.  Cox subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network’s digital platform, with the ability to watch SEC Network content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said:  “The addition of Cox is another very important step in the development of the SEC Network, bringing millions more viewers nationwide to the network when it launches on August 14.  As one of the largest cable television distributors in the U.S., including five states in the SEC footprint, this agreement with Cox has a significant impact on exposure for the SEC.”

No word yet on what sort of sports package you'll need to get the channel, but looking at their deal with Dish Network, if you already have ESPNU, there's a good chance you already have what you need.

This announcement follows yesterday's joint announcement by LSU and Cox that Cox Sports would be launching a new, live LSU football pregame show outside of the PMAC every Saturday morning during the season, hosted by Gordy Rush, Emily Villere, Kevin Mawae, and Jacob Hester. The announcement seemed puzzling yesterday (who's going to keep Cox Cable to watch a pregame show for a football game that isn't available on that cable system?), but now seems like a strong move by Cox to keep CST relevant after the loss of all SEC programing.

This is also great for LSU baseball fans, as CST had announced last season that they will continue to keep the TV rights for the Wally Pontiff Classic and potentially other LSU baseball in-state away games.

Personally, I had set a deadline of SEC Media Days next week as when I would jump ship to Dish Network if an agreement had not been reached. I'm now glad that I wont have to change providers.