The SEC Network is coming soon – expect an announcement next month after basketball season is over. That’s what SEC Commissioner Mike Slive tells Yahoo! Sports.
“Our focus for now is on our tournament and the NCAA tournament. We will make a formal announcement about the SEC Network in mid-April.”
The SEC has been renegotiating television rights ever since Missouri and Texas A&M joined the conference. As we reported in December, once new media deals are finalized, SEC schools will likely bring in $30-35 million annually. Last year, the average payout for the league’s schools was $20.1 million.
The new deal is expected to a partnership with an existing network. The Sports Business Journal reported in September that ESPN and the SEC were “nearing their final stages” of negotiations for an SEC channel.