EATEL to carry the SEC Network

LSU running back Terrence Magee (14) scores on a touchdown carry as Texas A&M linebacker Steven Jenkins (8) tries to defend in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
LSU running back Terrence Magee (14) scores on a touchdown carry as Texas A&M linebacker Steven Jenkins (8) tries to defend in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Add EATEL to the growing list of cable and satellite providers to agree to carry the SEC Network.

The Baton Rouge-area cable system, negotiating collectively with ESPN with about 800 other regional carriers in a group called the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), signed an agreement to carry the network Friday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

An official announcement is expected early next week.

The SEC Network is scheduled to launch Aug. 14. It would be carried on EATEL as part of the cable provider’s “Basic Plus” package.

EATEL provides cable service to customers in Ascension and Livingston parishes.

ESPN, which is producing and distributing the SEC Network, has cleared a series of hurdles with a mounting number of carriers in recent weeks.

In addition to NCTC carriers like EATEL, agreements have been reached with Cox, AT&T U-Verse, Dish Network, Time Warner, Comcast and Bright House.

The SEC Network is scheduled to televise more than 1,000 SEC sporting events on television and on its website during the 2014-15 school year.

That schedule includes 45 regular-season football games, starting with an Aug. 28 doubleheader featuring Texas A&M at South Carolina and Temple at Vanderbilt.

LSU’s first game on the network will be its Sept. 6 home opener with Sam Houston State.