SEC Considering New TV Network?

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Birmingham, AL--Is the SEC thinking of starting up it's own television network. Perhaps so.

A story in the SportsBusiness Journal Tuesday says the SEC is negotiating with current network partners CBS and ESPN to adjust their current rights fees.

Part of those conversations, the story claims, include the possibility of an SEC network that would start in 2014. Perhaps that's just a way of squeezing more cash out of CBS and ESPN, nobody knows for certain.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 have their own networks, with the Pac-12 deal providing as much as $30 million a year per school.

The Journal story says the SEC's looking for $25 million per school in a renegotiated deal with it's current partners.

An SEC channel could produce plenty of attractive inventory, the league's won the last 6 football national championships, has the reigning men's basketball champs, and has won three straight baseball national titles.

No doubt this topic will come up next week when the SEC holds it's annual Spring Meetings at Sandestin.