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Slive: SEC to decide on TV plans this fall

HOOVER, Ala. | Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says the league will make a decision on its television and multimedia rights this fall.

The TV deals with CBS, ESPN, Raycom Sports and FSN South run out at the end of the academic year.

Slive said at SEC football media days Wednesday that the options include an SEC Network similar to the ones started by the Mountain West and Big Ten conferences and the NFL.

Slive said criteria the league is considering include the ability to provide national exposure and to air events for other sports besides football and basketball.

He also saud the league wasn't able to be free of NCAA probation, a goal he set five years ago. But he noted only the Arkansas track program is currently in the NCAA jailhouse.

Slive addresses the assembled league media Wednesday before handing over the microphone to Florida's Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow and LSU coach Les Miles.

The first day of the three-day event also includes Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. Players and head coaches from each team will visit with league media.

Among the top players attending this weekend are the Heisman Trophy-winning Tebow and LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson.

Predictions and preseason All-SEC teams will be released on Friday.

More than 800 registered to attend the event at the Wynfrey Hotel in suburban Birmingham.

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