SEC Network

SEC Network: Countdown to 6 p.m. ET kickoff

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Today at 6 p.m. ET, ESPN and the Southeastern Conference will debut SEC Network, a multiplatform network that will air SEC sports content 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ChannelThroughout the day, Front Row will share sights and sounds from the network’s Charlotte headquarters and all across SEC Nation in the run up to the debut of SEC Now. The video above offers a glimpse into some of the preparation for SEC Nation, SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show, which will debut Thursday, Aug. 28 from the University of South Carolina’s campus in Columbia, S.C. The 4 p.m. ET airing of SEC Nation leads into Texas A&M at South Carolina at 6 p.m.

6:02 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

SEC Network stage directors hold their final meeting before launch. (Gracie Blackburn/ESPN)
SEC Network stage directors hold their final meeting before launch. (Gracie Blackburn/ESPN)

You are about to be looking live at SEC Network. (Gracie Blackburn/ESPN)
You are about to be looking live at SEC Network. (Gracie Blackburn/ESPN)

4:30 p.m.

The halls leading to SEC Network studios are properly decorated. (Courtesy of SECNetwork via Twitter)
The halls leading to SEC Network studios are properly decorated.
(Courtesy of SEC Network via Twitter)

3:30 p.m.

Less than 4 hours until launch and our Tech employees are making sure the SEC Network is ready to go! The Ignite production control room is set up, the Transmission team is testing the SEC school fiber connectivity, and visiting Techies from Bristol are prepping the Quantel systems for go time.

John Anderson, who will be reporting from Missouri tonight, spoke to his alma mater’s football team this afternoon:

The Bus Blitz featuring Rece Davis and Danny Kanell makes a stop in Auburn for SEC Network launch:

2:30 p.m.

SEC Now’s hosts and analysts prepare for tonight’s debut from the Charlotte headquarters:

The show will have live reports from each of the 14 SEC campuses:

1:30 p.m.

The SEC Network’s Peter Burns is interviewing LSU coach Les Miles as part of the network launch today.

Countless ESPN staffers played a role in the launch of SEC Network. Today, they celebrated with a southern style barbeque on campus. (Liz Carpino/ESPN)
Countless ESPN staffers played a role in the launch of SEC Network. Today, they celebrated with a southern style barbeque on campus. (Liz Carpino/ESPN)

12:30 p.m.

SEC Network staffers finished a production meeting for 3-hour debut of SEC Now (Brad Buchanan/ESPN)
SEC Network staffers finished a production meeting for three-hour debut of SEC Now
(Brad Buchanan/ESPN)

11:30 a.m.

Do Not Disturb: Justin Connolly, Senior Vice President who has oversees the SEC Network,  works out final details before the network’s launch. (Gracie Blackburn/ESPN)
Do Not Disturb: Justin Connolly, Senior Vice President who oversees the SEC Network, works out final details before the network’s launch. (Gracie Blackburn/ESPN)

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10:30 a.m.

(Baron Miller/ESPN)
Eight hours before show time, analyst Booger McFarland tries out the new SEC Now set. McFarland will be joined by Dari Nowkhah, Maria Taylor, Paul Finebaum, Greg McElroy and Brent Musburger in studio tonight. (Baron Miller/ESPN)

Many SEC schools are planning watch parties for the SEC Network launch, including at Mississippi State:

9:30 a.m.

SEC Now coordinating producer Pete Watters prepares for tonight's debut show (6 p.m. ET) (Gracie Blackburn/ESPN)
SEC Now coordinating producer Pete Watters prepares for tonight’s debut show (6 p.m. ET) (Gracie Blackburn/ESPN)
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