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Behind the Broadcast Extra: SEC Network launching in 2014

Some Behind the Broadcast extra notes for you today:

-- The Southeastern Conference and ESPN are combining forces to create the SEC Network. The two sides signed a 20-year agreement through 2034. The SEC Network will debut in August 2014. AT&T U-verse will distribute the network when it launches. Don't be surprised if Time Warner Cable adds the channel when it launches. It already has the Big Ten and Pac-12 networks.

The SEC network will televise approximately 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC's 21 sports annually.

-- Playoff fever is gripping the NHL and NBA. Both leagues will have four games on TV Friday.

On the NBA side, there are four Game 6s. ESPN and ESPN HD will have the New York Knicks-Boston Celtics matchup at 7 p.m. (it will also be on MSG and MSG HD), and the Oklahoma City Thunder-Houston Rockets game at 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will the Indiana Pacers-Atlanta Hawks contest at 7 p.m., and the Los Angeles Clippers-Memphis Grizzlies game at 9:30 p.m.

Over to the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, where NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD and CNBC and CNBC HD will televise two games each. At 7 p.m., NBCSN and NBCSN HD have the New York Islanders-Pittsburgh Penguins game (it will also be on MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD), and the Minnesota Wild-Chicago Blackhawks contest at 9:30 p.m.

On CNBC and CNBC HD, its the Ottawa Senators-Montreal Canadiens series at 7 p.m., and the San Jose Sharks-Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m.

-- Finally, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 50 (standard definition) and TWCS-1803 (high definition) has a high school baseball double-header Friday from Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. At 4:30 p.m., its Fort Plain against Saratoga Catholic, followed by Columbia against Saratoga Springs at 7:30 p.m.

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