We’re being promised quality product on the SEC Network. The question is, if they’re sincere about that, how do they deliver it? You can probably guess the answer:
The key for getting good games on the network: Balanced scheduling. One source said the league plans to avoid stacking games – in other words, four marquee football games one week, only one or two the next. Spreading the wealth over a 14-week will be imperative.
Naturally, a nine-game league football schedule could help with this. And maybe the SEC will go that route eventually.
If you don’t think ESPN and CBS are pounding Slive on close to a daily basis about this, you’re dreaming. I still think this is coming down to a math issue for the conference ADs: TV revenue versus loss of revenue from a seventh home game. But if the projection of $28 million per team turns out to be accurate, there’s plenty coming in to make up for the ticket revenue loss.