SEC close to making decision on conference network

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - 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 said 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.

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