If you get your TV through AT&T or DirecTV, you may be in for a nasty surprise come Saturday. Over the last few days, ESPN has been very vocal, airing concerns that those services, which make up a large chunk of the total cable coverage in the country, could black out ESPN networks ahead of this weekend’s college football games.
Now, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has warned SEC fans about the possibility of missing their teams’ Week 3 games. Anyone who is or knows SEC diehards know this is no laughing matter.
Sankey took to Twitter to warn fans about the blackout. 13 of 14 SEC teams are in action this weekend, with Vanderbilt on bye. All but one of them is on an ESPN channel.
Attention @SEC fans! If you are a DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse or AT&T TVNow subscriber, you may not be able to view games on @SECNetwork (& other @ESPN and Disney networks) this weekend. Visit https://t.co/j0yzDYpouI for the latest info.
— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) September 13, 2019
Alabama’s trip to South Carolina is on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The others could all be in jeopardy for AT&T or DirecTV subscribers.
- Georgia vs. Arkansas (ESPN2, 12 p.m.)
- Mississippi State vs. Kansas State (ESPN, 12 p.m.)
- Tennessee vs. Chattanooga (SECN, 12 p.m.)
- Ole Miss vs. Southeastern Louisiana (SECN, 4 p.m.)
- Arkansas vs. Colorado State (SECN, 4 p.m.)
- Auburn vs. Kent State (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)
- Kentucky vs. Florida (ESPN, 7 p.m.)
- Texas A&M vs. Lamar (ESPNU, 7 p.m.)
- LSU vs. Northwestern State (SECN, 7:30 p.m.)
- Missouri vs. Southeast Missouri State (SECN, 7:30 p.m.)
Other pretty big games including Stanford at UCF are also on ESPN workouts this weekend, though the slate is very SEC heavy.
Per Awful Announcing, there has been some confusion over when the Disney deal with AT&T expires. Some have speculated or inferred that it would be at the end of the month, which would make sense, but as we’ve approached this weekend there have been rumblings that it could expire tonight.
BREAKING- @raycoletv tells me, barring a last minute agreement, the Disney/AT&T(directv)carriage agreement will expire at midnight Friday. These customers across the nation will not have access to College Gameday or any ESPN gms this weekend if the 2 companies don’t come to terms
— Dave Zawilinski (@DavezONAIR) September 10, 2019
If true, we’ll find out with just 12 hours to spare before a ton of SEC fans are cut off from seeing their teams play on Saturday.
Whether the fault lies with Disney/ESPN, AT&T, or somewhere in between, no one wants to see that happen.