Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Big Ten Network was somewhat of a disappointment considering the giant mess between the channel and Comcast. Hopefully the SEC can do a better job. According to Conference Commissioner Mike Slive, the decision is likely to come this fall....
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says the league will make a decision on its television and multimedia rights this fall.I understand the idea of your own network on the surface, but the SEC doesn't really need help in exposing itself. Basically every single game is on TV and the CBS deal already gives them their own channel basically. If it's more money that's one thing, but they certainly won't get anywhere near the same exposure.
The TV deals with CBS, ESPN, Raycom Sports and FSN South run out at the end of the academic year.
Slive said at SEC football media days Wednesday that the options include an SEC Network similar to the ones started by the Mountain West and Big Ten conferences and the NFL.
Slive said criteria the league is considering include the ability to provide national exposure and to air events for other sports besides football and basketball.
Slive says SEC will decide on television plans this fall (SI)
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