Slive: League to decide on TV plans this fall

Published 2:59 pm Wednesday, July 23, 2008

HOOVER – Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says the league will make a decision on its television and multimedia rights this fall.

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.

He also saud the league wasn’t able to be free of NCAA probation, a goal he set five years ago. But he noted only the Arkansas track program is currently in the NCAA jailhouse.