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Network set to debut Aug. 14, air its first live event Aug. 22.

You might want to hold out for a couple of weeks if you're a Comcast subscriber who's worried that you won't have the SEC Network.

The network, which debuts Aug. 14, and Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, are "working out final details," Comcast spokesman John Demming told FoxSports.com. "We expect to come to an agreement in the near future."

Comcast is a major cable provider in metro Atlanta and Georgia, so its addition will be huge for SEC fans statewide.

Dish Network, AT&T Uverse and Google Fiber earlier agreed to carry the SEC Network, and adding Comcast would put the network in about 50 million households. If Comcast and ESPN iron out the final details, that would leave Time Warner and DirecTV (which still doesn't carry the Pac-12 Network) as the only major companies that have not reached an agreement to carry the SEC Network or provided a recent update on the status of negotiations.

Every SEC school will have a football game aired on the network within the first month of the season. The network will debut its live football coverage with two games Aug. 28: Temple at Vanderbilt and Texas A&M at South Carolina. Georgia's first football appearance will be Sept. 20 against Troy at noon.

The first live event on the SEC Network features the Georgia women's soccer team in its season opener at Ole Miss on Aug. 22.

ESPN and anchor Dari Nowkhah reached a multi-year deal to host the SEC Network and "SEC Now," its nightly news and information show.

"The best thing about college sports is the passion of the fans, and top to bottom, there is no conference that matches the SEC in that category," Nowkhah said in a statement on ESPN's website. "To be a part of the SEC Network and continue my role with ESPN Radio is the perfect situation for me."

"SEC Now" will be televised at 6 p.m. weeknights, beginning Aug. 14.

July 1, 2014
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