Hats Off to You, Mike Slive, Or #12YearsOfSECDominance
Apparently Mike Slive is out as the SEC Commissioner, as he will be replaced by Greg Sankey. Here at DudeYouCrazy, we have in the past counted down to the start of football season with ‘100 days of SEC dominance’.
Slive was the driving force behind that well-earned arrogance.
Since taking the post as Commish in 2002, Slive has overseen the signing of the most lucrative TV deal in college athletics history– twice. He got the SEC on ESPN for $2.25 billion over 15 years in 2008, and with the launch of the SEC Network each team stands to make more than Notre Dame on Texas on their INDIVIDUAL TV deals.
Meanwhile, Jim Delany’s B1G network, six years the SECN’s senior, just broke $19 million per school last year. (Late add: speaking of Delany, this is hilarious.) ACC Commish John Swofford is still ‘monitoring’ the progress of conference networks. And the Big XII has the Longhorn Network, which…well, serves one team.
While he was on post, S-E-C-! chants became prevalent at bowl games. We all know that the league just finished an unprecedented seven year run of national championships. The league won more national titles than the rest of the
country world UNIVERSE (!) in that time.
And finally, on expansion: the only league that was NEVER rumored to be losing a team in all of this realignment mess was the SEC. Its solidarity and revenue make it untouchable. Swofford went all ninja to incorporate the whole Big East into the new, messy ACC. Slive moved even MORE quietly and poached the Big XII to get into two new markets with Texas A&M and Missouri, and the league is still poised to pick apart the ACC in the future.
Let’s sum this up: Mike Slive, you’re a G.