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May 3, 2013

Main & notes: SEC Network announced

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SEC Network to feed fans’ seemingly insatiable appetite

BY AARON BRENNER and SETH EMERSON

abrenner@ledger-enquirer.com and semerson@macon.com

@WarEagleExtra and @SethEmerson

ATLANTA — Mike Slive isn’t exactly sure when he changed his mind. For years the commissioner of the SEC was convinced his conference was so successful it could just rely on CBS, ESPN and other television networks.

But he eventually came to the conclusion that a league so big and successful needs its own network. On Thursday he and the biggest names in the SEC unveiled the latest move to dominate college sports.

The SEC Network is scheduled to launch in August 2014, a 24/7 home for the conference that will carry some football games, basketball games, other events and round-the-clock SEC-related programming.

“Today, we say good-bye to Project X and hello SEC Network,” Slive proclaimed at a news conference that featured all 14 SEC head football coaches, plus 18 head coaches in other sports.

Slive didn’t reveal any monetary figures, but the network, a partnership with ESPN, is expected to bring in yet more money to the SEC, and feed the hunger for content from the fans of its teams.

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SEC notes: Movement for nine game-schedule

BY AARON BRENNER and SETH EMERSON

abrenner@ledger-enquirer.com and semerson@macon.com

@WarEagleExtra and @SethEmerson

ATLANTA — It still may be far from happening, but there is more sentiment in the SEC for a nine-game football conference schedule.

Alabama coach Nick Saban came out in favor on Thursday, and SEC commissioner Mike Slive said it needs to be discussed — even if most of the other coaches are against it.

“The league will make a decision,” Slive said. “In light of the playoff, in light of changes, we ought to be discussing how we schedule. Whether we change it or not is another matter. This league didn’t get to be where it is without opening the door and looking at everything and making sure that we’re doing everything we need to do to be as good as we can be.”

The creation of an SEC Network has led to yet more discussion of the conference moving to a nine-game football schedule. It was a hot topic on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency, with coaches once again voicing their opposition, and their commissioner essentially saying: We’ll see.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/05/02/2488312/sec-notes-movement-for-nine-game.html

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