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Sportscasting icon Brent Musburger and noted commentator Jesse Palmer, a former college and National Football League quarterback, will serve as the lead broadcast team. The pair will call one of the three football games that air every Saturday during the season. Joe Tessitore, known for his television work in college football on ESPN and ABC, will host an original program called "SEC Nation," a traveling football pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week. WHEN THE NETWORK LAUNCHES IN MID-AUGUST , THERE WILL BE ABOUT TWO WEEKS OF PRESEASON PROGRAMMING. THE SEC AND ESPN: A QUICK OVERVIEW The Southeastern Conference formed in 1932 and consists of 14 member institutions: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt. The league currently sanctions championship play in nine men's sports and 12 women's sports. Since 1990, the SEC has won 149 national team championships for an average of more than six per year. ESPN, which began in the late '70s, has televised the SEC since 1982. ESPNU, which covers college athletics, launched from Ballantyne's ESPN Regional Television offce in 2005. The new SEC Network and ESPNU facility is located at the 535-acre Ballantyne Corporate Park, which includes more than four million square feet of Class A offce space. Tim Tebow (left) and Joe Tessitore are part of the announcing crew for the "SEC Nation" pregame show. Stephanie Druley Photo by Joe Faraoni 50 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SUMMER 2014 Ball Summer 14 - 2.indd 50 5/21/14 4:30 PM

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