SEC Network on Bright House: Local cable provider Bright House Networks sealed a deal along with Time Warner to carry the new SEC Network. Other companies will have to "pay the piper" soon or suffer the implications of subscribers jumping ship.
It is expected by some that the Southeastern Conference has a regional reach, hence the SEC Network is a regional network. This is not the case.
Look at CBS. It's a national network that thrives with its exclusive contract with the SEC. The top conference draws big numbers with a national audience.
While the SEC Network will usually be third in the pecking order of big games for football, it will be on a higher scale than those games that were for so many years aired by what we knew as Jefferson Pilot.
Yes, there will be the Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic broadcasts, but because of the network's affiliation with ESPN, you'll see games on a higher level like the debut telecast of the network with South Carolina vs. Texas A&M.
With the amount of programming offered including a gameday like kickoff show on Saturday mornings and a daily simulcast of the Paul Finebaum Show, the SEC Network is more like ESPN 2 when it was launched.
I'll bet that ratings will immediately catch and likely surpass what NBC Sports Network and FOX Sports 1 are drawing in most markets.
Indeed that will be the case here in the deep south especially during college football season. Plus, ESPN does it better than anybody else. Documentaries like, "SEC Storied," are second to none.
Auburn and Alabama fans - relax. No need to worry about things being ironed out before Aug. 14 anymore. Now you can fret about those season openers vs. Arkansas for the Tigers and West Virginia for the Tide. Well, I take that back - no worries at all.
Softball Success: Tallassee's 10U and 8U teams have put on a summer show. The 10U Hit Squad just missed winning the USSSA World Series in Orange Beach. They were second overall.
The 8U team is off to a solid start in Bay St. Louis, Miss. representing Alabama. The Darlings are playing in the Dixie World Series. Click Here to view the bracket. If the girls make it to the tournament title game, you can watch the championship webcast on Tallassee Times TV.
15U All-Stars: Tallassee's 15U Babe Ruth baseball team is representing the state in Richmond, Va. Play begins July 29.
T.J. Coleman: Kudos to a local fellow. T.J. was named as the South Central District Official of the Year for Wrestling by the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Coleman has also been named as one of the officials for the state wrestling championships in 2015.