Albama Arkansas Auburn Florida Georgia Kentucky LSU Mississippi State Missouri Ole-Miss USC Tennessee Texas A&M Vanderbilt
Latest News

The SEC And Texas A&M Are Up Against The Clock

Mike Slive would prefer the college football landscape stay just as it is.  When you consider on-field success, total revenue and national television exposure, no other league today can match the Southeastern Conference.  If you’re Slive, why would you want to risk changing things if you didn’t have to?

Last summer, it appeared that the Big 12 conference was on the verge of implosion.  Just when it seemed that dominoes were set to fall in every possible direction, Slive and the SEC slipped into the picture to line up Texas A&M and Oklahoma as future members.  Had Fox and ESPN not rushed in to save the Big 12 with millions of television dollars, the Aggies and Sooners would likely be prepping for their first SEC football season today.

Now it looks as though massive conference realignment is once again just a tremor or two away.  Only this time, it looks like the SEC and Slive are the ones causing the shakeup.  Slive can’t like that.

The SEC’s commissioner has made it very clear that he does not want to have a hand in the destruction of other conferences.  He leaves that to the Jim Delanys and Larry Scotts of the world.  The SEC does not believe in a first-strike policy.

Too bad then that Texas A&M is forcing the Slive’s hand.  It was A&M that approached the SEC this time around.  And it’s A&M that has backed itself up to the point of no return with the Big 12.  Now Aggies everywhere are leaking word that they’re set to move and that the SEC is the best landing spot for the school.  Only they don’t have an actual invitation yet.

And that’s where things get tricky.

At SEC Media Days last month, Slive joked with a reporter that he could “get to 16 (teams) in 15 minutes” if he so desired.  Little did he know that he really would be working against such a short clock just a few short weeks later.  The league’s presidents are expected to vote tomorrow on whether or not to extend an invite to A&M.

You can be sure that the SEC’s presidents do not want to field a 13-team league in 2012, so it’s imperative that the league find a 14th team to pair with A&M.  Quickly. 

But the SEC has two more things working against it in terms of promptly finding another dance partner:


1.  As mentioned above, the SEC has stated that it does not want to break up another league.  Doing so could lead to lawsuits, though that hasn’t really played out in past conference manueverings.  Still, there’s a first time for everything and Slive — an ex-lawyer — knows better than to leave himself and his league open to potential lawsuits.

2.  Multiple reports are claiming that the SEC has some sort of secret clause protecting current league members against the threat of rival in-state programs entering their league.  This would greatly limit the SEC’s ability to move freely in attempting to upgrade the league’s drawing power.


So if the above items are indeed issues, Slive is not only working against the clock, but his hands are partially tied.  All that’s missing is a water tank to drop him into.  During his tenure, Slive has been a tremendous commissioner, but I’m not sure he’s on par with Harry Houdini when it comes to prestidigitation.

For now, let’s scratch schools such as Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Louisville from the SEC’s pool of candidates.  And now let’s also cross off any schools not approaching the SEC first.

From the sound of it, that would include Virginia Tech… a school that would make a fine addition to the league and expand the SEC’s reach into the Washington, DC television market.  Tech AD Jim Weaver said yesterday that he believed his school would “politely decline” any offer from the SEC and then he went on to list several reasons why the ACC is a better fit for the Hokies than the SEC would be.  He didn’t leave himself much wiggle room.

So what is the SEC left with?  Not much.  The only league that could be considered unstable is the Big 12 and that’s only because of A&M’s actions.

Oklahoma has made it clear that they’re not going to approach the SEC.  Their interest has waned since last summer because — like most Big 12 schools — they now look at their current 10-team league and realize that if A&M leaves, they’ll be competing in an even easier nine-team league.  And the networks have already said they’ll pay the same amount of money to the remaining nine teams.  Those who stick around will get more money and a better shot at reaching a BCS bowl game.  Why leave?

Assuming all this is true, it’s likely that the SEC — a league not used to having its hand forced — has told Texas A&M to go forth and find a companion.  Missouri AD Mike Alden has said he’s had no talks with the SEC.  (No doubt he learned his lesson after being burned by the Big Ten last year.)  But Alden didn’t say that he hasn’t been talking with A&M.  Ditto Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders live in fear of being left behind by Texas, so there might be interest in Lubbock of a move to the SEC.  But Lubbock is so far off the beaten path the SEC might as well offer Brigham Young.

If A&M can’t help find another team to enter the league, the only other major school that might — might, we say — approach the SEC and ask for an invitation is West Virginia.  The Mountaineers have solid athletics.  They would also help the SEC push north into the Pittsburgh television market.  But WVU ranks poorly when it comes to academics.  While Joe Fan might not care that West Virginia is a Tier 3 university, the current batch of SEC presidents likely would.

Tally all this up — and assume that the SEC will live by the two rules laid out above — and you start to reach the conclusion that it’s likely the SEC will actually vote down A&M tomorrow.  Again, we simply do not believe that the SEC will OK a 13-school existence (without knowing that a 14th school will closely follow).

The trick to voting A&M down, of course, would be doing so gently enough so that the Aggies would want to come back in the future when the college football landscape shifts in a major way or when the SEC can take its time to find a 14th school that truly fits.

There’s no way around it… tonight the SEC and A&M are on the clock.  A&M is no doubt trying to find a school that will tag along with them so they don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of crawling back to the Big 12 a la Missouri last summer. 

Further east, Slive is also trying to figure out who can join his league.  It may turn out that none of the items above were true and that FSU, Virginia Tech, A&M and Oklahoma have been lined up — and lying about it — for weeks.  But as it stands right now, it looks like Slive may need more than 15 minutes just to get to 14 schools, not the 16 he boasted of last month.

The next couple of days should be very, very interesting.

 


47 comments
John
John

Good call on the presidents voting not to invite A&M. Kinda surprised they did that, but this site had it figured out.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

John...

Many thanks. We've got good sources and a we've got a pretty good feel for how Slive and the SEC conduct their business. We won't always be right, but we won't be way off very often.

Thanks for reading,
John

KeithH
KeithH

If the SEC has to expand, I would like to see Tex A&M (adds Texas), Missouri (adds Missouri), Cincinnati (adds Ohio), and another team maybe Houston (???) that would geographically go to the West Division. Being an Auburn fan, I personally would like to see Auburn move to the East Division so that we could plan Florida and Tenn every year. FL and TN used to be used to be two of the four major rivalryies that AU had before the conference went to divisions (along with AL and GA).

I realize that Cinci and Houston are not up to par with the SEC in football and facitlities (stadiums)...but I believe there would be major growth in those programs if they joined the SEC. Also, Cinci would bring fertile recruiting ground in Ohio.

dcravenscr
dcravenscr

Once again, Wvu is in the same tier (1) as all the SEC schools. This should not be a factor. In fact they have the same overall ranking as Louisville, another school mentioned as a possible 14. Why aren't their academics in question?

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

dcravenscr...

We only mentioned Louisville in connection with a possible no-teams-from-inside-current-SEC-states rule. We think West Virginia would have a much better chance of landing an SEC bid than Louisville. A national columnist floated Louisville's name as a candidate earlier this week... that would NEVER happen.

John

toddluvslounging
toddluvslounging

Slive needs to get ruthless here. If he really believes super conference are on there way, then he needs to go after Missouri and risk collapsing the Big-12. The blow-back will be severe, but it's worth it since teams 15 and 16, Florida State and West Virginia, should not kill their respective conferences. But, if Slive backs off, the SEC might only go to 14 and that might not be enough to keep up with a Pac-16 and Big-10 + 4. This needs to be repeated.

BamaDave
BamaDave

Please explain to me how the SEC might not be able to keep up with Pac-16 or Big10+4? I have heard several people make these statements about the SEC getting "left behind" if these so called super conferences were to begin. What does left behind or keep up mean? I have heard several people say, bringing in more teams increase revenue, possibly but it also increases teams to payout. Teams that may not hit the big bowl games that get the real dollars. Thus taking an equal share of money from the other teams without contributing. The exact reason Texas takes so much of the revenue out of the Big12, because the remainder of the conference is fairly weak and the exact reason A&M is crying in the first place. It also creates greater costs for the teams in the East and even some in the West. College Station is 630 miles from Tuscaloosa, 940 from Knoxville and 1094 from Columbia. When you are now having to jet all the teams, band members, coaches, etc around the costs rise quickly compared to getting on a bus and traveling 4-6 hours away. Can someone please tell me what the SEC has to gain by offereing A&M a seat in our conference? And how we get left behind if the superconference does begin to form. End of the day, BCS bowls bring in the money along with TV contracts. A&M has been to 6 bowls in the past 10 years so while they have been to a few, 60% is not a good record in the SEC unless you are comparing them to Ole Miss or Miss State.

toddluvslounging
toddluvslounging

The Big 10 Network's revenue increases 15% every year...even during tough economic times. It will not go up forever, but it could put the every SEC teams behind Big-10 teams. Money doesn't guarantee national championships, but there is a strong correlation. If every Pac team's revenue starts ahead most SEC teams, the balance of coaching talent, facilities and recruits can shift and then the wins will follow. The SEC can find themselves in the third tier of college football.

Ryan
Ryan

Good article, but USNews has released updated rankings and WVU is tier 1.

SATxAg
SATxAg

Agreed that adding a 14th is preferred. However, I think A&M as the 13th without a 14th is still possible. The Big 10 had an odd number of schools - 11 - until this year and worked around it by not playing a complete round robin. That is, each school would only play 8 (I think) of the 10 other schools in the conference. In the proposed new SEC west, this could be mimicked by having the 7 schools (including A&M) play only 5 of the other 6 schools; the east would still play a complete round robin as they currently do. The 1 school not played would change on a rotating basis. Then, the east and west division schools would play say 3 additional cross-division games for a total of 8 in-conference games per year. Not perfect or ideal, but perhaps an acceptable work-around until a 14th could be identified.

siggy
siggy

The whole in your theory is really a simple one. Uneven revenue sharing and being forced into conference games on the LHN = flat out instability. If Kansas or Kstate get an offer from the big east, they will bolt. If Mizzou gets an offer from the big10, they are gone. Why would any of those northern teams STAY in the conference? With this knowledge, why would any of the big conferences stand by and wait for the other guys to cherry pick. Too many teams in the big12-2 are pissed at texas' total lack of respect for the other peers(laugh). Nothing is going to stop this expansion (even if it is not a&m first). When the big12 falls apart, the vultures will be all over this dead horse. It has been kicked far too hard to still be alive....

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

siggy...

How is that a "whole" in my theory. I understand why A&M wants out. I'm saying that the SEC might turn them down if they feel:

A) they're being rushed

B) they can't find the right school to match A&M at this time

C) they might get sued by the Big 12 -- which is already being mentioned as a possibility -- or any other league it tries to raid.

John

Dan
Dan

You are an absolute idiot if you think the Ags get turned down. They have the 6th largest fan base in the country. No one should ever read your comments on this site.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Dan...

Hmmm. "No one should ever read your comments on this site."

Well, it turns out the Ags did get turned down.

So now we ask you to try to name a single site on the web that has been as accurate as we have throughout this process. Time and again, we had it before anyone else. Our sources repeatedly came through. And our own theories were borne out again and again.

If you want to understand what's happening in the SEC, you might want to start listening when we say something.

John

BamaDave
BamaDave

Dan, you are a perfect example of the major reason I have been very adamant about A&M NOT coming to the SEC. The Ags as you call them had a chance to come to the MOST POWERFUL conference in the nation last year. They turned that opportunity down. According to your theory that it would take an absolute idiot to turn down the Ags because they have the 6th largest fan base in the country, well I guess it takes an idiot to spot one. There is a reason they are sucking on the tit of Bevo for years, oh yeah, Bevo is a bull, well sucking on something. They are a second rate program.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Dan...

An SEC source told The New York Times today that there is a 30-40% chance that A&M will get turned down. This after I've been saying for two days that the deal is not done -- according to my SEC sources.

You have no way of knowing what politics will play out inside that presidents' meeting. I just watched America's two political parties drive our economy into the dirt simply out of spite for one another.

I'm giving you a lay of the land based on the knowledge that politics, academics, money, athletics, threat of litigation and the ability to find another school on short notice will all factor into the SEC's decision. That's a lot of variables.

For you to ignore all that and call me an "idiot" for trying to show you all the possibilities... well, I'll not insult you as you insulted me.

I've been writing for two years that A&M is a perfect fit for the SEC and in many ways a better fit than even Texas. But the timing this time around might not be right.

Thanks for your ugliness,
John

hog
hog

Frick, you don't turn down texas a&m. Missouri or WVUi are fine additions to complement the aggies. Heck, East Carolina would work fine, new market, sec mentality, program would grow like crazy in the sec. Bring on the aggies and pirates.

FranktheAg
FranktheAg

The point is A&M came to the SEC not the other way around.

Mike G
Mike G

To politely put it, I think you are full of crap. The SEC wants A&M for the mega tv markets of Dallas and Houston that would allow them to renegotiate the TV deal upwards to the stratosphere and will take FSU if FSU wants in, Fla be damned.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Mike G...

Now that the SEC has indeed voted down A&M, do you still think we're full of crap? Just wondering.

John

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Mike G...

I love people who are ugly for no reason. Sorry you feel we're full of crap.

I understand why the SEC has been flirting with A&M since the 1980s... I've been writing about it for two years. I also know how Mike Slive and the SEC operate and A&M is the one starting this talk. The SEC might be backed into a corner when trying to find a 14th member to join. If so, it could delay action with A&M until a later date.

Already, Big 12 ADs are asking A&M to reconsider and A&M has told lawmakers that they will meet with the legislature before making a decision. Things are slowing down on that side of things. And that's likely because the SEC -- as much as it wants to get into Texas -- isn't happy about having a short timeline thrust upon it.

If you disagree with that, bully for you. But before you come in here making comments, go back and read what we've been saying for two years. At least educate yourself before you tell someone you don't know that he's "full of crap."

John

dcravens
dcravens

WVU is a Tier 1 university for the first time and on the rise. Check this year's rankings. Medical School ranked in the top 50, Law School in the top 100, both rising. Ranking is on-par with at least 5 of the current SEC schools and moving in the right direction. APR (athletic department academic scores) are also above the national average. (WVU 962-national average 946, second to only one Big East team) Also don't underestimate the television market. Games rate well in DC, Pittsburgh, VA, and Ohio markets, not current SEC strongholds. WVU was involved in some of the highest rated games ever on ESPN, and Morgantown is located within 500 miles of half the US population. WVU also had the 16th highest national merchandising last year. Not a horrible SEC fit!

Rob
Rob

That's 13th in merchandise sales. :) WVU would make the SEC proud and the SEC wouldn't regret it!

dcravenscr
dcravenscr

I gladly stand corrected. I live in Northern VA and am always amazed at the amount of WVU merchandise, a close second to VT and far ahead of UVA.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I can understand why the SEC wants to up its academic reputation, but I think one thing for the officials to consider is "who" might fit that bill. Obviously they want A&M, but who among the other suitors have that stellar academic reputation? Missouri is an AAU school and so is Georgia Tech. That's about the only 2 schools I can think of that might want to get into the SEC right now that have that type of reputation. It seems to me that other schools with those credentials are too elitist to even consider coming to the SEC.....UNC, Duke, UVA, Texas. Unless the SEC wants to include a school from the other side of the country I can't see that they have too many options. WVU may not be stellar, but they are in line with many of the SEC schools and I would think the officials would be more worried about bringing in a lower tier school than they would about adding someone who fits in, but doesn't blow everyone away. After all, these university presidents preside over these very institutions that the ACC and Big 10 folks consider mediocre.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Rob...

As I said to dcravens, the WVU thing is literally just me playing a hunch. I've not had one SEC source mention WVU to me. But, if the SEC wants to avoid lawsuits and is REALLY not approaching other schools, I think WVU would fit the mold of a team that would be interested in joining.

I was simply giving an example -- like Texas Tech and Missouri -- of what types of things might be happening behind the scenes tonight.

I hope my spitballing hasn't gotten too many folks' hopes up.

Thanks for reading,
John

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

dcravens...

Academics most definitely play a role. Now, is WVU a diploma mill? Of course not. But they are not a step up for the SEC... and league presidents will be making the call, not football coaches or fans. A&M is a member of the AAU and a top research university. That makes them more than just a money/athletics draw. WVU wouldn't be able to claim that.

I was recently told by someone in Penn State's athletic department at the time of their entry into the Big Ten that academics was the A-1 reason for State joining that league. Far and away more important than athletics. And this from an athletics guy.

However, if the SEC is as up against the wall as it seems -- and they may not be, a lot of folks from a lot of schools are lying right now -- they may not give a hoot about WVU's so-so academic rankings. (Even though the league is very sensitive to the perception that it's not as strong academically as the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-10.)

And remember, I'm just speculating that of all the schools out there, WVU might approach the SEC. The Big East is far from solid and WVU would love the SEC money. But I've not heard that from anyone inside the SEC and I've seen no one mention the Mountaineers as a possibility. I'm just making a somewhat educated guess that they'd be interested enough to call.

My personal take: I think A&M and WVU would be worth the invites.

John

Rob
Rob

John,

There was a lot of buzz around WVU leaving for the SEC if the BE was raided last year by the Big 10 . With Oliver Luck as our AD and having all the connections (not to mention all the TEXAS connections) that he has do you think WVU may be a REAL possibility being the 14th team? Ollie has been VERY vocal about setting WVU up for a move to a stable conference. Usually Ollie is the first to make some noise if some expansion talk was heard, kind of odd he hasn't been in the media eye as of late.

With the addition of Coach Holgs and longtime Defensive Head Coach Casteel our football will be tops in the country over the foreseeable future. Our Basketball is tops, Coach Huggs will retire a Mountaineer and then some.

I just don't see WVU sticking it out with the BEast. WVU is putting some big bucks into our program not to mention the Milan Puskar Stadium is set to be expanded as soon as the Coliseum renovations are complete.

Do you see WVU as a REAL possiblilty or will we have to wait/hope for the ACC?

dcravens
dcravens

Thanks for responding to my post. Do you think academics will play that much of a role in selection? Is the perception of WVU's academics bad enough to preclude inclusion in the SEC? (As a WVU alum I'm not sure I want to hear the answer to that question!)

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

dcravens...

Hey, I'd love to see WVU join the SEC. They have a passionate fan base and good athletics. I did radio in Charlestown on Friday as a matter of fact. But the school just doesn't have the academic rep to make an SEC president do backflips. That doesn't mean it might not happen.

Again, I've not seen anyone else write it, but if there's a school out there who might approach the SEC at this point... it's WVU.

Thanks for reading,
John

Conn
Conn

Although '13' teams seem unwieldy and difficult to schedule (speaking of adding Texas A&M and no one else at the moment) that still leaves some wiggle room time for searching for an acceptable 14th team. Texas A&M just brings so many possibilities. I think the SEC needs to reel them in quickly and not leave the Aggies out to dry like Missouri was with the BIg Ten last year. Texas A&M has a rabid fan base similar to South Carolina. They fill the seats even when the chips are down and their record is less than stellar. The SEC soon would be relevant viewing in Texas and not just curiosity factor. I have no idea of whom the 14th team would be or could be. I am at a loss considering the 'black ball' vote against a team currently in SEC territory---e.g. Clemson in South Carolina territory.

Deven
Deven

This is ridiculous. You really think A&M would have gone this far without some discreet assurances from the SEC that they would be taken? If the SEC turns A&M down at this point, it will never move to Texas. The Aggies will be humiliated and will never trust the SEC again. Texas will not go to the SEC because of academics and like SEC does not want to ramp up its schedule.

Even sillier is the assertion that the SEC would ask A&M to bring a dance partner. A&M is not TX and will not bring a major player along and this would (a) mean that the SEC loses initiative on a partner; (b) assures that the second team will not be from NC or VA.

The risk of lawsuits is horseshit. The ACC explicitly raised the Big East. What happened? A claim of tortuous interference can be avoided by having the target initiate the query. and for the affected they have a negotiated financial remedy - exit fees.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Deven...

Yes, I do. Look how far Missouri went last year with no assurances from the Big Ten. I also think that the A&M situation has blown up thanks to the media. They've really said very little until the last few days, but their actions led the media to cover the heck out of this thing.

John

Greg
Greg

Deven is right. This thing is a done deal and A&M is in.

If they don't invite A&M, then the state of Texas (and its massive revenues) are gone forever. To the Pac 10 they'll go. Even if the SEC has to stoop to take WVU as the 14th, A&M + WVU is a lot better than losing Texas football revenue/recruiting forever.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Deven, James and Greg...

Will any of you come back now -- as I would have had to -- and admit that a) you were wrong and b) we were right time after time throughout this whole process?

John

James
James

I agree with all this. I believe A&M to SEC is a done deal and both parties are excited about it.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

James...

We've been saying since Thursday that this was not a done deal yet -- from what our SEC sources have told us. And an SEC source told The New York Times today that there was a 30-40% chance that A&M would get turned down.

The SEC has long wanted A&M, but if the Big 12 is threatening a billion dollar lawsuit -- and that's now being talked about -- the SEC might just wait a while longer.

John

Harvey
Harvey

Texas was willing to come in 1992, but they insisted on bring little brother (A&M) and were turned down. Lightening could strike twice!

Jeff
Jeff

LOL Harvey. Yes, I'm sure "Little Brother A&M" (who had beaten Texas every year since 1984 and had won the SWC in '91 and '92) was turned down by the SEC in 1992. Nice try chief.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

There may very well be a clause that protects the SEC from getting schools in states where they already have institutions, but that doesn't mean that those schools(and it would only take one) wouldn't be willing to waive that clause. It's not that I have any official sources, but there has been so much smoke coming out of FSU that I have a hard time believing that there have no been serious talks with them.

When the report about Clemson, FSU, and Missouri came out today, FSU was the only school among those 3 in which no official denied the report to anyone in the media. That is unless there has been a report in the last while that I'm not aware of. I doubt that anyone at Florida is worried about FSU gaining some sort of advantage by coming into the conference because FSU has already been at an elite level before they were ever in the SEC.

I will say though that West Virginia makes a lot more sense than Clemson. Or at the very least maybe NC State would come aboard and we could stretch into North Carolina.

Fred
Fred

I don't understand why OU who was interested last year won't be interested again this time? The Longhorn Network makes the situation worse that it was last year.

bigzak
bigzak

Because OU is NOT concerned about the Longhorn Network. Only the petty little aggies who bitch constantly are concerned about. Read the statements from Stoops earlier. He didn't like High school games and that's been taken care of. But as far as a network he's smart enough to know it doesn't matter. He in fact said, "Texas has always had more money so this is nothing new." "That's why we have a recruiting manual." In other words, everyone still plays by the same rules. OU has enough money to be 2nd to nobody in facilities so who cares. You guys will find out very soon that the aggies are one giant pain in the ass.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Fred...

They now get more money... have no championship game to go through... and if A&M leaves there will be an even easier road -- just 8 rivals -- to reach a BCS bowl. That's a better deal than they thought they'd get last summer.

Thanks for reading,
John

Bob
Bob

The SEC would be poisoning the waters in Texas for many, many decades if they backed away now. UT isn't coming to the SEC. Alienate A&M now and it's over for the SEC in the state of Texas. Strike now or lose the Texas markets to the PAC.

B Roberts
B Roberts

I think we are down to 2 options.
1.) vote down A&M.
2.)OK A&M and FSU to submit applications.

Mizzou is the one wild card I guess. Maybe Byrne has been in touch with the folks in Missouri (who learned their lesson last time). If it is A&M, the question is is A&M with FSU worth it? Nebraska went to the Big 10 with no TV market to speak of but their national brand made up for it. FSU would reinforce already strong Florida TV markets, but the 'Noles are still a national draw. so, SEC expansion comes down to can Jeremy Foley be convinced to take one for the team?

Micheal
Micheal

I think i can understand of what you coming from but this is might be the only chance to extend into the reaches of Texas, there is no third chance like this and with SEC being third or fourth in revenue behind the B1G and PAC-12, SEC has to do something to keep up with them and SEC has been dreaming of going into Texas a very long time and this is might be the last chance for that.

toddluvslounging
toddluvslounging

Yup. Agree with you on both points: last chance to expand in Texas...for awhile at least....and the SEC might soon be fourth in media revenue and Olympic sports exposure (including baseball). The Pac XX and Big-10 are satisfied with the status quo: they will both have conference networks that seem to only increase in revenue and the Pac XX will soon have regional networks. Meanwhile, the SEC will have to wait twelve more years until they can explore such options unless the SEC expands. That is intolerable and dangerous to the SEC's competitive health. Moreover, adding two teams may not be enough and the SEC will have to add four in order to force a renegotiation. Increasing the sporting rights by 25% should be enough for Slive to say, "Renegotiate, please, or I just go to Fox." Splitting the rights would be awkward but I don't think ESPN or CBS holds out. However, the niceties need to be set aside because opportunity does not necessarily come back again. Florida needs to stand down if Slive can get a conference network and regional networks. I think it will be Aggies, Tigers, Seminoles and West Virginia.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Alabama | MrSEC.com Post basically says its very possible the SEC could vote down A&M [...]

  2. [...] Alabama | MrSEC.com Post basically says its very possible the SEC could vote down A&M tomorrow Mike Slive would [...]

  3. montat parchet masiv…

    [...]Alabama | MrSEC[...]…



Follow Us On:
Mobile MrSEC