SEC, CBS Keep Partnership for 15 More Years

by Jim Harris  on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 3:50 pm  

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Tony Barnhart at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the news Thursday that the Southeastern Conference and CBS Television will continue their partnership for another 15 years, through 2023, for football and basketball. Barnhart writes:

This new deal with CBS, however, does not eliminate the ongoing possibility of an SEC television network. That won't be determined until the SEC announces the remainder of its television contracts with ESPN and Raycom. That announcement is expected later this month or in early September.

"This is a great day for CBS," said Mike Aresco, the vice president for programming at the network. "The SEC is the gold standard for college athletics. It has been a great conference for 76 years and that will never change. We love the enthusiasm of the fans and the way they support the game."

Aresco said that CBS and the SEC talked about several different options when it came to the length of this new contract.

"But at the end of the day the comfort level is so great and the trust is so great that we decided to lock this in for the long haul," Aresco said. "This is a great deal for both sides."



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