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DISH Network signs on to carry SEC Network

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SEC_ESPN_Network_CLR_hor.jpg UK fans who subscribe to DISH Network had reason to be excited on Monday night.

DISH agreed to a long-term distribution agreement with ESPN on Monday that will make the SEC Network available to its subscribers when the new network launches in August. The channel will be available in DISH's Top 120+ and higher packages across the country.

"Few fan bases rival the passion and loyalty of the SEC, and DISH is proud to be the first nationwide television provider of the SEC Network," said Dave Shull, DISH executive vice president and chief commercial officer. "We strive to give our customers and consumers what they want, and there's no better place for the college sports fan than with DISH."

The channel number will be announced at a later date.

"This is an important day for the SEC Network," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. "We are pleased to welcome DISH to the SEC family. More than five months ahead of the network launch, it's exciting to have a national distributor and our first satellite provider onboard. Now SEC fans from across the country have another way to show their conference pride and sign up to get the SEC Network."

Fans played an important role in making the deal happen by showing DISH and other providers how much they want access to the SEC Network. UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart reminded everyone in that fact soon after the announcement.

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