So you’d pay two or three bucks a month for the SEC Network. But would you pay $10?
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“The SEC has that inherent advantage that if Alabama or Auburn is playing the Little Sisters of the Poor, people are still going to watch in huge numbers.”
And how crazy is that? Well, put it this way…
The majority of the SEC Network’s carriage deals aren’t expected to come up for renewal soon, but ESPN declined to provide terms of the contract except to say they were long-term. If the network can continue to prove its worth, Nelson doesn’t think it’s outlandish for the SEC’s in-market subscriber fee to jump from $1.30/$1.40 to $2.00 or $3.00. A jump of that magnitude could give the network more than a billion dollars annually on simply subscriber fees.
“I would have said it was crazy two years ago,” Nelson said. “But when they were so successful at $1.30, I’m sure they are thinking big.”
If 30 some-odd million subscribers are willing to pony up three bucks a month for the privilege of having Finebaum and Phyllis from Mulga drop into their dens five days a week, that’s crazy enough for me.
Georgia’s got nine representatives, the third-best showing in the conference, behind Alabama (natch) and LSU… which serves to remind me again why it’s so hard to get a handle on LSU’s prospects this season. Normally a team that loaded would be a cinch to be counted on as having a legitimate shot to get to Atlanta, but with the shaky quarterback situation and the change at defensive coordinator, it seems worthwhile to hedge that bet.
By the way, if he stays healthy, does Leonard Floyd finish the season as a third teamer?
Chock full of preseason goodness.
- There sure are a lot of live bulldog mascots.
- Phil Steele threads the needle with this “Mark Richt isn’t on the hot seat, but…” post.
- The NFL hypocritical? No way.
- Does Georgia have the SEC’s easiest path to the CFP?
- Here’s a pretty cool story from David Hale about stadium oddities.
- Patrick Garbin snags an interview previewing the 2015 season with Pulpwood… nah, not that Pulpwood. The real one.
- I knew talking to a dietitian about tailgating tips was a bad idea.
- Sports on Earth’s SEC preview is a pretty good read.
- Boy, talk about your bad decision: once upon a time, Kansas had a choice between Charlie Weis and Gus Malzahn.
- And here’s a list of ten games the CFP selection committee will be keeping a careful eye on. Georgia-Alabama is in there.
Now this qualifies as a bold SEC preview prediction. (As noted, written by Jerry Hinnen, as voted on the CBS Sports college football panel.)
Coach of the Year: Mark Richt, Georgia
Is it now or never for Richt? On paper, Jeremy Pruitt’s experienced, talented defense should be the best the Dawgs have enjoyed in years, and Nick Chubb gives Richt’s offense the kind of backfield bell cow his best offenses have always been built around. Meanwhile, no other SEC East team looks nearly as complete, and the West champ will have run a far more taxing divisional gauntlet. If Richt can’t end the Dawgs’ SEC title drought in 2015, it’s fair to ask when he will — but that’s also why it’s never been more likely that he actually will.
Great googly mooglies. As much as I’d like to go there, I can’t bring myself to click the keys. But as my mom used to say, Jerry, from your lips to Gawd’s ears.