Lee Massengale is already worried about Georgia’s game with Troy, even with Clemson and South Carolina coming up first.
Massengale, a Bulldogs fan, is not sure if his cable provider will be carrying the SEC Network, which broadcasts the Sept. 20 contest.
He is among many Southeastern Conference fans waiting to see whether they will be able to watch their teams at home. The SEC Network launches on Aug. 14 and will carry 45 football games this season.
Cable and satellite providers like DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse have signed deals to carry the league’s network. ESPN and the SEC are still in talks with other major distributors, including DirecTV and Comcast, Massengale’s provider.
Justin Connolly, ESPN’s senior vice president in charge of programming for college networks, said it’s not unusual for such talks to go down to the wire.
“We’re confident about the conversations, and our confidence is really based on the demand that’s out there among SEC fans,” Connolly said.
Player who punched woman gets reinstated
Texas Tech reinstated a highly regarded defensive back from Miami who last month broke the jaw of a Lady Raiders basketball player.
Nigel Bethel II will return to the team but will sit out the first three games of his first season.
Bethel punched Amber Battle during a June 28 pickup basketball game and was dismissed from the football program the next day. However, Lubbock County grand jurors declined to indict Bethel on an aggravated assault charge on Tuesday. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said as more information on the incident came to light, the decision to dismiss Bethel was revisited.
Battle, who has acknowledged shoving Bethel first, will sit out games in November.
Alabama and Southern California will open their 2016 season in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 3. … The Dallas area is expected to see more than 60,000 out-of-state fans and $300 million in spending when it hosts the national championship game next year, according to state officials.