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7.22.2009

The Commish and ESPN speak

We have arrived at Media Days. It's cold in here.

It's time for The Commish to speak.

YE OLDE COMMISSIONER MIKE SLIVE

  • He says: "We could be in a time that will be considered The Golden Age of the SEC."

  • He's noting the league's five national championships. That's Auburn swimming and diving, Florida football, LSU baseball, Georgia gymnastics and ... another one. Can't remember now.

  • One hundred fifty-nine SEC athletes won 51 medals in the Olympics. "If the SEC was a nation, we would have finished fourth in the medal count."

  • Fall games brought in 6.7 million fans last season. Led the nation again.

  • Spring games brought in 450,000 total.

  • League had 37 players drafted in April.

  • "That's the end of the brag pack for the moment."

  • "There is no safe harbor from the economic recession. We're fortunate that the league entered into its new television package when it did."

  • "There is no safe harbor from the technological revolution. We worked hard to retain the conference's digital rights. We are about to launch the SEC Digital Network."

  • He said they're upgrading the SEC's website and lots of that stuff.

  • "Secondary fractions ... are not new to the conference or the NCAA. In the SEC, secondary violations are reported to the conference office. We then review them. Every report is sent to the NCAA for a final review."

  • He acknowledged that some coaches assess situations with a risk-reward approach.

  • "Anytime they commit a secondary violation, they put themselves, the program, the conference and the prospect at risk."

  • "The SEC will be the most widely distributed conference in the nation this year."

  • He's rambling about the television deals.


    JOHN WILDHACK of ESPN


  • He's reviewing all the stuff I posted yesterday ... ESPN's regional distribution plans for the Saturday morning games.

  • The ESPNU games will be televised in HD, though you may not see them in HD because of your provider's limitations. (I know ESPNU is not in HD on Dish Network.)

  • "No games will go untelevised."

  • They're going to create the "SEC Academic Network" ... using ESPN360 technology, they'll launch a site that promotes academic endeavors. (Seriously?)

  • They're showing a video promoting the ESPN/SEC partnership. The montage included a shot of Tommy Tuberville's mug. How long ago this video was produced?

    THAT'S A WRAP. Next up: Robert "Bob" Petrino

24 Comments:

Blogger Jet said...

El Substantio!

12:28 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Nice, Jet!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Please note that Auburn's first two games of the season will begin at 6 p.m. CDT.

I posted a short item about that, but it could get lost in the fray today.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Sheer luck. Blind hog finds acorn.

12:31 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Glad yall got some good AC Jay.

12:38 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Has the commish said anything about peter jacksons new flick, "district 9". Looks pretty awesome.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

no substance here, and probably not from Slive

12:42 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Are Auburn football season tickets down this year?

I noticed you could still order full season tickets today without the donation. I don't think I've ever seen a full season ticket package available without the donation.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

can I get a refund on my donation and keep my tickets?

12:47 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

THT,

I bet that's a big no.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

I love some night games.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well... rats.


JayGT - SEC Digital Network? is that some kind of online paysite? did he say what would be on the SEC digital network?

You can answer this evening at your leisure.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Ramble on .....
sing my song

12:52 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

JayGT stuck a good tune in my head, with assistance from my loose associations disorder.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Thanks, Sensi.

I LOVE night games.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

No prob, Mon.

12:56 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I love night games when I'm at the game...I hate waiting around all day at the house for a game though.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

I really love night games now that I don't have to really drive to get home.

Sigh...can't wait til this move is over.

12:56 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

What's this with JGT and ESPN? I thought I heard that they were all very familiar with one another.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

SEC Digital ... I suspect you'll have to pay for the good stuff there.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I guess I'm gonna have to get the cable package containing ESPNU. Man....those guys are good.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

they couldn't digitally superimpose Chizik's mug? Puh leez

1:09 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Does ESPN360=ESPNU? If so I can just watch the game on the puter with a 20-45 second delay.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

tommy...ESPNU is an actual network similar to ESPN2. If the game is on ESPNU, then it will normally be on Gameplan or ESPN360 or both.....depending on the weekend.

1:47 PM  

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