The SEC Network will have wide distribution in the Oklahoma City area when it launches at 5 p.m. Thursday. Cox Communications, the state’s main cable provider, plans to carry it on channels 275 (standard definition) and 1345 (HD). Cox also will carry the SEC Network’s secondary channel on 276 and 1346.
The three largest national providers are carrying the network, which is operated by ESPN. DirecTV will air it on channel 611, DISH on channel 404 and AT&T U-verse on channel 607.
In its first year, the network plans to offer 45 football games, 160 basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and coverage of all SEC sports.
The network will debut with a three-hour “SEC Now,” which will visit every SEC school and the 21 sports within the conference. The following 14 days will feature all 14 schools with an array of events and specials, including team previews, greatest games and SEC features leading into the network’s first college football game on Aug. 28, Texas A&M at South Carolina.
Dari Nowkhah, an OU graduate, is the network’s main host.
After 23 years at ABC, Brent Musburger is joining the network on its No. 1 football broadcast team, working with former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer and reporter Maria Taylor.