Sports betting TV action in college football in 2009 is going to be all about the SEC.
This season makes the beginning of a new 15-year, $2.25 billion contract with ESPN and it begins a 15-year, $825 million deal with CBS. If you like SEC online sports betting college football odds then you will get to see a lot of the games on TV this season.
Sports betting action at the sportsbook on TV features the SEC right off the bat. The first weekend of online sports betting action in college football will have seven games featuring SEC teams. The sports betting action in college football at the sports book begins on Thursday, September 3rd. That first weekend will feature Alabama versus Virginia Tech and Georgia versus Oklahoma State as the biggest sports betting games.
If you think that the main sports betting games are the only ones you will see on ESPN this season you might want to think again. Remember when Raycom and Jefferson Pilot had the SEC games in the morning on Saturdays in sports betting? That is not the case any more as ESPN also has the rights to those sports betting games. ESPN Regional Television will be showing a lot of those games. Let’s look at a sports betting example to illustrate. The first weekend the ESPN Regional Television network is doing Tennessee versus Western Kentucky. It will be available in almost twice as many homes as the Big 10 Network’s Penn State-Akron game.
It is not only sports betting college football odds that will see more TV games, but basketball sports betting odds as well. ESPN is going to be doing even more SEC basketball games which is great for online sports betting gamblers. SEC commissioner Mike Slive understands just how important ESPN has become in TV. ESPN is looking at producing an average of 365 SEC events every year. "We have been able to achieve [all of our] goals without the challenges associated with the development of a channel," said Slive.
Sports betting information shows that his new deal is huge to the SEC in terms of money. SEC schools will earn about $17 million a year from the new deals as online sports betting stats show. For comparison sake, ACC schools get just over $6 million each as online sports betting statistics indicate.