The big difference between the longhorn network and the SEC Network relative to time demands is that the SEC Network will have 24 hours a day to provide info on 14 teams while the longhorn network has 24 hours a day just on the longhorns. The lhn has to dream up stuff to be able to fill their time while the SEC Network will easily be able to fill their time with normal content involving all 14 teams. Will be much easier to watch and easier to sell.
The SEC officially announced the new SEC Network this week and while there are many battles to be fought, expect one of them to be over time demands on football coaches. When the network launches in August of 2014, it will mean even more media attention, constant television cameras and hours of programming to fill each and every day. Regardless of the changes, Alabama coach Nick Saban says he doesn’t have any extra time to devote to media-related duties.
“I think the time that we have to spend on media-related promotion, whether it’s coaches, student-athletes or whomever it is, it can’t be increased because we have other things that are important to do.”
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze tells Brandon Marcello at AL.com he expects to do less interviews with reporters and fewer last-minute requests because of the network. “It’s about managing.”
This wouldn’t be the first time a television network clashed with a coach’s schedule. Texas coach Mack Brown famously complained about the Longhorn Network last year, saying ”I didn’t ask for it.” The network taped the first 30 minutes of each practice which led Brown to worry that opponents were picking up valuable tidbits about the Longhorns.
Brown estimated he was spending six hours a week planning or participating in shows that air on the Longhorn Network.