The more they consolidate into a oligopoly, the worse for us the consumers. We are going to get screwed over with all these mergers taking place. Comcast Agrees to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 Billion
. Meanwhile, "ESPN is working hard to ensure that the SEC Network will be available via cable, satellite and telco distributors (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, and Verizon FiOS)." SEC Network FAQ
ESPN's strategy likely means that the A&M game will only be available in bars that can get an SEC Network feed.
THE SEC NETWORK IS GOING TO COST A LOT OF MONEY
According to John Ourand and Michael Smith in this week's Sports Business Journal, ESPN plans to charge cable and satellite providers in the 11 state conference footprint $1.30 per subscriber. That would be the most expensive college conference network as the Big Ten Network costs $1 within the conference borders from Nebraska to New Jersey.
The two biggest cable providers which would carry the SEC Network, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are likely to balk at paying the $1.30 pricetag, however, ESPN is depending on a rabid fanbase to put pressure on the providers to carry the channel.
Who knows which Satellite systems will carry it? Dish was unable to carry CBS for the first half of 2013 because of argument over prices.