Did you think the messy saga of Florida and LSU was over?
ESPN had first rights to show the game and selected it to be played at 4 p.m. ET, according to GridIron Now.
CBS, where you’ve become accustomed to tuning in for the top SEC game each week, put a halt to that. ESPN’s preferred kickoff would have interfered with CBS’s 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff between Missouri and Tennessee.
Instead, we’re left with Florida and LSU playing at 1 p.m. ET on SEC Network.
Of course, this wouldn’t have been an issue if the game had been played Oct. 8 in Gainesville, Fla. But in taking precautions against the approaching storm, Florida canceled the game and insisted it wouldn’t be made up elsewhere.
That was until SEC commissioner Greg Sankey applied public pressure on the schools to work something out. After a string of negotiations and public statements by each side, a conclusion was reached: An early kickoff for a premier SEC game being aired by a cable network hemorrhaging subscribers.