Slive demurs when asked if the change is yet another win for the SEC.
`I think it’s a win for everybody,” he said. “It’s a win for college football in that all of us were able to come together in a collegial way and find a way to marry our own parochial interests as advocates for our leagues with our responsibility for what’s in the best interest of college football.”
Despite all that, the first order of business for the SEC is a likely return to the top of the heap in TV money. The league is renegotiating its pre-expansion 15-year, $2.25 billion TV deal with ESPN and a $55 million-a-year contract with CBS, both signed in 2008. The Pac-12 has a $3 billion TV deal.
Slive said “there is no fixed timetable” and he’s not sure if new deals will be in place before the SEC’s quest for national title No. 7 in a row begins.
“It’s hard to know because we have meetings scheduled throughout this summer,” Slive said. “Whether or not those meetings come to a conclusion, I can’t predict.”
SEC schools each got a $20.1 million share of the financial pie in 2011-12.
Texas A&M and Missouri both give the SEC a big presence into sizable new TV markets as part of a wave of conference realignment.
“We believe that the expansion has increased our value for the purpose of television,” Slive said. “It’s one of the many benefits that we believe we will derive, particularly in the long-term, from this expansion.”
Now, the SEC’s leadership also seems set for the near future. There could be at least two internal candidates for the top job when Slive leaves.
Mark Womack is executive associate commissioner while Greg Sankey was promoted in March to executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer. Sankey, formerly commissioner of the Southland Conference, is in charge of day-to-day operations.
“Mark Womack has been here a very long time and does a wonderful job for us,” Slive said. “He’s our chief fiscal officer and the AD liaison, he deals with bowls.
“We wanted to make sure we had someone else at the same level that could be responsible for the day-to-day operations here. Greg is a very talented young man. He certainly is already doing an excellent job for us.”