ESPN and the SEC, and ESPN and Fox, are joining forces

ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Sports 1 have teamed up to launch ESPN Radio in partnership with the SEC Network and the Big Ten Network, with the goal of providing a unique, interactive and comprehensive coverage of the conference, league and conference championship games.

The partnership will launch in 2018, with ESPN Radio being the first new channel in the network’s history to launch alongside the SEC.

ESPN Radio will be available on the ESPN app, the ESPN App, ESPN Mobile and the ESPN website. 

The partnership with ESPN2 is the latest chapter in the company’s partnership with its biggest rival in the sports world, the SEC Networks, which have been jointly producing the SEC’s conference and conference-title coverage for years. 

ESPN Radio will have more than 1,000 SEC Network programming channels, including SEC Network, SEC Network Extra, SEC Nation, SEC Extra, ESPNU, SEC Up and ESPNU College Sports.

ESPN Radio also will feature SEC Network broadcasts on ESPN3, ESPN3 Extra, and a variety of SEC Network channels on ESPNU. 

“The SEC Network has long been a cornerstone of the SEC landscape and we’re excited to bring it back to fans across the country in a way that is unparalleled,” said Rich Kotzen, President and CEO of ESPN.

“The SEC Networks are the best place to get SEC football and basketball, and our partnership with Fox Sports brings ESPN Radio to a new level.

This is a game-changing partnership that will elevate our SEC Network experience, and we are honored to partner with ESPN and FOX Sports.” 

The new ESPN Radio channel will be produced by the ESPN studios in New York and Los Angeles.

It will be overseen by former SEC head football coach Matt Rhule, who previously worked at ESPN in Atlanta and Florida. 

With the ESPN Radio and SEC Network partnership, the company also is announcing a new premium sports channel called ESPN2, which will be developed exclusively for college football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis, golf courses and other sports.

The ESPN2 channel will launch at the beginning of 2018, in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. 

For more information on the new ESPN radio channels, please visit the ESPN site.