ESPN unconcerned by SEC Net's limited distribution

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DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The head of the SEC Network says ESPN is unconcerned about the new network's limited cable and satellite distribution deals with 2½ months to go before its launch.

ESPN has reached deals with satellite TV company Dish Network along with cable providers AT&T U-verse, Google Fiber and NRTC to carry the SEC Network.

Major distributors such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast and DirecTV are not yet onboard.

Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president for college networks programming, says he is not worried about where the SEC Network stands with distributors.

Connolly said Wednesday during the SEC spring meetings: "If you look back, not just with conference networks but networks as a whole, often times distribution holes are filled toward the end."

The SEC Network launches Aug. 14.

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