Nowkhah, Matvick, Edwards Join Talent Lineup for SEC on ESPN

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Nowkhah, Matvick, Edwards Join Talent Lineup for SEC on ESPN

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July 21, 2010

SEC_ESPN_logoESPN Regional Television, the over-the-air syndication home for Southeastern Conference programming, will debut the second season of the live SEC Studio show one week before the season starts, part of the SEC Network regionally syndicated college sports package within the 15-year agreement between ESPN, Inc., and the SEC, for which expansion continues. In 2010-11, the SEC Network will be distributed in local television markets representing 77.4 million homes, or 67 percent of the U.S.

The SEC Studio show will be hosted by Dari Nowkhah, while former University of Georgia and NFL standout Matt Stinchcomb will return as analyst. The show will continue to be produced by ESPN Regional Television at its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., also the home of ESPNU.

Nowkhah joined ESPN in 2004 as an anchor on ESPNEWS. He also contributes regularly to SportsCenter and to ESPNEWS’ College Football Overdrive.

Rob Stone, former host of the SEC Studio show, will move to the booth to call play-by-play for the weekly ESPNU game at noon ET, joining new game analyst David Pollack, another former University of Georgia standout.

New to the SEC on ESPN commentator lineup this season is the team of play-by-play announcer Clay Matvick and analyst Herm Edwards, who will pair up in the ESPNU booth on Saturdays for the 7 p.m. ET game.

Edwards, who regularly works as an NFL studio analyst, has been with ESPN since March 2009. Matvick, with ESPN since 2006, has done play-by-play for college football, college basketball, hockey, baseball and softball telecasts, and has called college football bowl games for ESPN Radio.

For the SEC Network’s Game of the Week, former Houston quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware returns as analyst in the Saturday booth with longtime SEC announcer Dave Neal, with reporter Cara Capuano.

Also, returning Aug. 26, ESPNU’s SEC Weekly is an hourlong studio program that focuses on SEC sports throughout the academic year and features sport-by-sport previews, reviews and specials. The show is hosted by Capuano, with analyst Matt Stinchcomb.

The 24-hour college sports network also will present a package of SEC football, highlighted by a Saturday Game of the Week, generally in prime time, with a minimum of 13 games annually.

The SEC Network will feature an SEC football Game of the Week regionally for 13 consecutive Saturdays, beginning Sept. 4. Those telecasts will kick off at noon ET/11 a.m. CT with the SEC Studio show, followed by the matchup, generally determined 12 to six days in advance.

Within the nine-state SEC footprint, the SEC Network will be delivered in markets by the local over-the-air carrier of SEC events. In markets outside the SEC footprint, the syndicated programming will air on either local, over-the-air television stations or regional sports cable networks.

In 2008, SEC football syndication aired in local television markets which represented 30.1 million homes, or 26 percent of the U.S. In 2009, the new SEC Network aired football in local television markets which represented 73.9 million homes, or 64 percent of the U.S. Among the new markets in 2009 were eight of the country’s top 10.

2010 SEC Network Markets (confirmed as of release date) 


State City Station(s) Affiliation
Alabama Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Anniston WTTO; WABM CW; MNT
  Huntsville-Decatur (Flor) WZDX; WAMY FOX; MNT
  Mobile-Pensacola (Ft Walt) WJTC IND
  Montgomery (Selma) WSFA; WSFA DT-2 ABC
Arizona Phoenix  KTVK IND
Arkansas Fort Smith-Fay-Sprngdl-Rgrs  KHBS+; KHBS-DT2 ABC; CW
  Jonesboro KAIT; KAIT-DT2 ABC
  Little Rock-Pine Bluff KATV; KATV-DT2 ABC
California Los Angeles KDOC IND
Florida Fort Myers-Naples WXCW CW
  Gainesville WOGX FOX
  Jacksonville, Brunswick WJXT IND
  Miami-Fort Lauderdale WSFL CW
  Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbrn WOFL; WRBW FOX; MNT
  Panama City WJHG MNT
  Tallahassee-Thomasville WCTV; WCTV-DT2 CBS; MNT
  Tampa-St. Pete, Sarasota WTTA MNT
  West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce TBA  
Georgia Albany WALB NBC
  Atlanta WPCH IND
  Columbus WXTX; WTVM FOX; ABC
  Macon WGXA FOX
  Savannah WTGS FOX
Hawaii Honolulu KNVU  
Illinois Chicago WCIU-DT4 (Football only) This TV
  Rockford WQRF (Football only) IND
Indiana Evansville WTVW FOX
  Indianapolis WHMB (Football only) IND
Kansas Wichita-Hutchinson KWCH CBS
Kentucky Bowling Green WBKO; WBKO-DT2 ABC
  Lexington WKYT; WKYT-DT2 CBS; CW
  Louisville WAVE NBC
  Paducah-C.Girard.-Harrbg-Mt VN WPSD; WPSD-DT2 NBC
Louisiana Alexandria KLAX ABC
  Baton Rouge WAFB; WBXH CBS; MNT
  Lafayette KADN FOX
  Lake Charles KVHP FOX
  Monroe-El Dorado KNOE CBS
  New Orleans WWL; WUPL CBS; MNT
  Shreveport KMSS; KSHV FOX; MNT
Maryland Baltimore CSN  
Michigan Detroit FSN (Football only)  
Missouri Springfield KCZ CW
  Saint Louis KTVI-DT FOX
Mississippi Biloxi-Gulfport WXXV; WXXV-DT FOX; MNT
  Columbus-Tupelo-West Point WCBI; WCBI-DT CBS; MNT
  Greenwood-Greenville WABG; WABG-DT2 ABC; FOX
  Hattiesburg-Laurel WHLT; WHLT-DT2 CBS
N. Carolina Charlotte WAXN; WSOC-DT2 IND
  Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem WCWG CW
  Raleigh-Durham WNCN; WNCN-DT2 NBC
New York New York MSG (Football only)  
Ohio Cincinnati WSTR MNT
  Cleveland WOIO; WUAB CBS; MNT
  Columbus WTTE FOX
  Dayton WRGT FOX
Oklahoma Oklahoma City KSBI IND
  Tulsa KGEB IND
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh WPMY (Football only) MNT
S. Carolina Charleston WMMP MNT
  Columbia WIS NBC
  Greenvll-Spart-Ashevll-And WSPA; WYCW CBS; CW
  Myrtle Beach-Florence WWMB; WPDE, WDPE-DT2 CW; ABC
Tennessee Chattanooga WDSI; WFLI FOX; CW
  Jackson WJKT FOX
  Knoxville WVLT;  WVLT-DT CBS; MNT
  Memphis WLMT CW
  Nashville WUXP MNT
  Tri-Cities, TN-VA WCYB; CW4 NBC; CW
Texas Beaumont-Port Arthur KUMY MNT
  Dallas-Fort Worth KTXA (Football only) IND
  Houston KTBU (Football only) IND
  Lubbock KJTV FOX
  San Antonio KMYS (Football only) MNT
  Tyler-Longview-Lufkin & Ncgd KLPN; KFXL MNT; FOX
Virginia Norfolk-Portsmouth-NN-Hampton WSKY IND
Washington Spokane SWX  
Wisconsin Madison ETVW (Football only) MNT
  Milwaukee TBD (Football only)  
West Virginia Charleston-Huntington WSAZ; WSAZ-DT2 NBC; MNT


In 2009, ESPN, Inc., and the Southeastern Conference entered into a landmark 15-year agreement for extensive football, men’s and women’s basketball, Olympic sports and conference championship content across multiple ESPN entities beginning with the 2009-10 academic year and through 2023-24. In the longest national rights agreement in ESPN history, SEC on ESPN showcases more than 5,500 SEC events on ESPN, ESPN on ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Regional Television,, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN International, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Classic. ESPN has televised the SEC since 1982.


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