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SEC Network Announces 2 Late Afternoon Kickoffs that Please TailGators
The SEC Network announced Thursday game times for 16 matchups during the first four weeks of the 2014 season. Florida’s week two matchup on September 6 against Eastern Michigan will kick off at 4 p.m., while the Gators’ week three game against Kentucky will air in the primetime slot at 7:30 p.m.
After the University Athletic Association (UAA) caught flack for so many early games last season, it finally got some great PR with the announcement of the 4pm and 7:30 kickoffs. Last year, with not one night game at home, many ticket holders were frustrated and let their voices be heard on the annual survey for the football program. The Noon kickoffs are hot, too early for attendees that come from out of town, dont allow enough time for tailgating, and take away a lot of the city's income for hotels, bars, and restaurants as people either don't stay Saturday night (which usually would include dinner, drinks, and a hotel) or do not come at all.
Games occurring in the first four weeks which are not listed on the SEC network's release, including UF’s season opener against Idaho, which will be released at a later date and will air on CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, or FSN.
Florida’s home game in week two against Eastern Michigan will mark the Gators’ first appearance on the new national sports network that launches August 14.