As the SEC Spring Meetings unfold, the conference is focused on revenue. It is good news on that front, according to Mr. College Football.
Financially, it has also been another good year for the SEC. After placing nine teams in bowls, including two (LSU, Georgia) in the BCS, the league is expecting another record setting year when it comes to revenue sharing. The league pools all of its income from football television, bowls, the NCAA Tournament, and other revenue sources. At the end of these meetings on Friday each school will receive a check for its share of the revenue. A year ago the 12 SEC schools shared a record $122 million. That record is expected to fall.
Also on deck, discussions about the SECâ€™s future television contracts.
The SEC’s various television contracts for football expire after the 2008 season. Those negotiations are ongoing but are not expected to be concluded until late summer or early fall. The coaches, athletics directors and presidents will be briefed on those negotiations. They will also be briefed on the possibility of the SEC forming its on television network as the Big Ten and Mountain West have already done. No decisions about television, however, will be made at these meetings, conference officials have told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
If the SEC forms its own network, it would most likely mean the end to the horrible Raycom coverage. Of course, knowing our luck Raycom would be tasked with running the SEC Network.
Thatâ€™d be worse than being forced to watch ESPN 8 the Ocho. Of course, Cotton McKnight would be a major improvement over some of the Raycom announcers.