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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference has announced its 2013 SEC Baseball television schedule, the fourth under the league’s 15-year agreement with ESPN. The entire broadcast package will include over 70 contests. In addition, all games from the 2013 SEC Tournament will continue to be televised, with the championship game airing again nationally on ESPN2. The semifinals will also air nationally for the first time, which will be broadcast on ESPNEWS.
The package is derived from broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, Fox Sports and CSS. In addition, WatchESPN/ESPN3 will also stream most contests live online.
“Both the success and popularity of baseball in our conference continue to grow,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “We are pleased to be able to offer an increased amount of television coverage of SEC Baseball to our teams and to our fans. This continues to move our baseball exposure to new levels and to a national audience.”
SEC schools maintain the rights to air additional games not included in the SEC package with various television outlets, including official SEC regional television outlets. More than 60 additional games will be broadcast via those means, bringing the total number of SEC baseball games broadcast in 2013 to over 130.
ESPNU’s Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week will begin Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET and run eight weeks through May 16. The first Thursday night game will feature SEC newcomer Texas A&M at South Carolina. The weekly telecast will feature a live 30-minute pregame show from ESPNU studios at 7 p.m. ET, focusing on baseball news and updates from around the league. ESPN networks will air 27 SEC baseball broadcasts this season, all of which will broadcast nationally.
All games on ESPN platforms will be broadcast in high definition.