Bright House Networks today announced that it has signed an agreement with ESPN Regional Television to carry a schedule of Southeastern Conference (SEC) games through the 2013-2014 season. Bright House Sports Network also extended its BIG EAST Conference deal through the 2012-2013 season, which includes continued coverage of University of South Florida football and men’s basketball games.
Under the terms of the agreement, Bright House Sports Network will offer its customers exclusive coverage of more than 150 SEC and BIG EAST sporting events including football, basketball, baseball and other Olympic sports.
The deal affects Bright House Networks’ customers in the Central Florida,Tampa Bay and Birmingham (AL) markets.
“Bright House Networks is thrilled to be able to offer its customers exclusive games from the BIG EAST and SEC Conferences,” said Elliott Wiser, Vice President, Corporate News and Local Programming. “September 17th marks the one-year anniversary of Bright House Sports Network, and this is the perfect way to celebrate this milestone. We are the leader in local sports in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay areas, and now, with the addition of market-exclusive SEC games, we’re bringing exceptional added value to all of our viewers.”
The first SEC game to air on Bright House Sports Network is Saturday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Southeastern Louisiana at Ole Miss.
The SEC, which includes the University of Florida, the University of Alabama, Auburn, and the University of Georgia, has built one of the greatest traditions of intercollegiate competition in the country since its inception in 1933. The BIG EAST Conference, including the University of South Florida, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Syracuse, Villanova and Seton Hall, also features some of the most successful sporting programs in the nation. Bright House Sports Network also carries games from Conference USA, which includes the University of Central Florida.
As part of the agreement with ESPN Regional Television, Bright House Sports Network will also sponsor the Old Spice Classic, an early season basketball tournament set for November 26-29 at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla., and, two bowl games: the St. Petersburg Bowl on December 19thand the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham on January 2nd.
About Bright House Sports Network
Bright House Sports Network offers 24-hour local sports programming that features an array of local sporting events including live high school and college games as well as in-depth coverage of college and professional teams throughout the state. For more information about Bright House Sports Network programming, please visit www.bhsn.com.
About Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida, with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.
Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. The company also offers a strong portfolio of customizable, advanced business solutions for video, voice, data, cloud-based and managed services. The company is MEF-certified and also recently received the Cisco® Master Service Provider Certification under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program, the first cable operator in the United States to achieve this designation. Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive, award-winning, local news and sports channels in its Florida markets. For more information about Bright House Networks, visit (www.brighthouse.com).