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How Much Walt Disney Company’s ESPN Could Make From SEC Network

Disney’s ESPN is set to launch SEC Network Thursday evening, its dedicated channel for collegiate sports union, The Southeastern Conference. ESPN, the number-one U.S. sports network, is charging a premium for the privilege. Average carrier fees of around $1.40 per subscriber a month is 40% higher than Fox’s college sports channel, Big Ten Network. SEC Network could generate a total $770 million within the first year, according to Barclays forecasts. With an estimated 50:50 split between Disney and the SEC schools, that equates to nearly $270 million in profits for ESPN, around 12% of the unit's total income over 2013.