Media notebook: Cox Communications to carry SEC Network

Network to air more than 1,000 events in inaugural year
by Mel Bracht Modified: July 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm •  Published: July 9, 2014

Cox Communications will carry the SECNetwork when it launches on Aug. 14 as part of an agreement between Cox and ESPN, which operates the network.

The channel will be available in all Cox markets. Cox subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the network’s digital platform, with the ability to watch SEC Network content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device.

The SEC Network and its accompanying digital platform will air more than 1,000 live events in its first year, including at least 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and events across all of the SEC’s 21 sports.

Dari Nowkhah, a Tulsa Union High School and OU graduate, has been hired as network host.

Short takes

-- ESPN’s telecast of Germany’s 7-1 victory over Brazil on Tuesday ranks as the highest-rated and most-viewed World Cup semifinal match ever on a U.S. network, according to Nielsen. The telecast averaged a 4.2 U.S. household rating and 6,643,000 viewers, based on fast nationals.

-- Recently retired NBA standout Shane Battier has been hired by ESPN as a men’s college basketball analyst, working both in the studio and select games.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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