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(WBIR) The DISH Network announced Tuesday it has reached an agreement with the ESPN and the SEC Network that it will carry the new 24-hour sports network when it starts on-air operations later this year.

DISH said the channel will available to customers who buy the "Top 120+" packages and higher, and will have access to additional access on the network's digital platform.

The SEC Network will have more than 1,000 live events in its first year, including:

  • 45 football games exclusive to the channel
  • 100+ men's basketball games
  • 60 women's basketball games
  • 75 baseball games
  • 50 softball games
  • coverage of every one of the SEC 21 sports

DISH Network is the SEC Network's first nationwide television provider. Previously, the only major provider in Knoxville and most of the Southeast to sign on with the SEC Network is AT&T's U-Verse. This is still no deal with Comcast, Time Warner, or DirecTV.

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