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08:17 AM ET 06.01 | Mike Slive, thanks to a new deal with ESPN and CBS in 2009, launched the SEC into a new tax bracket, and he may be on the verge of adding a new lucrative revenue stream. [It's] not a surprise that confidence is brimming as the league digs into a renegotiation with the networks in the wake of adding Missouri and Texas A&M. The talks are reported to include a discussion to start an SEC network that could launch as early as 2014. Slive is saying little this week about the TV possibilities, but all indications point to something bigger. "I would term it enthusiastic optimism, based on the leadership we have in our league," Mizzou athletics director Mike Alden said.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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June 1, 2012  08:36 AM ET

As long as its free no problems...

June 1, 2012  08:36 AM ET

"I would term it enthusiastic optimism, based on the leadership we have in our league," Mizzou athletics director Mike Alden said.



LOL....is that a slap at BigXII*?

June 1, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Wonder why it took so long. Texas and the Big 10 have been up and running. They have been missing out on a lot of $$$$$$$$.

June 1, 2012  08:40 AM ET
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Wonder why it took so long. Texas and the Big 10 have been up and running. They have been missing out on a lot of $$$$$$$$.

Taking this as sarcasm....

June 1, 2012  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As long as its free no problems...

I've watched both the LHN and the BTN at my daughter's house since she gets them. Once was enough to cure me. I wouldn't watch them again if they were free. I could care less about interviews with the equipment managers, etc.

June 1, 2012  09:00 AM ET

One of the interns must be getting a kickback from Bama for everytime that picture of Saban gets posted on FN.

June 1, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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I've watched both the LHN and the BTN at my daughter's house since she gets them. Once was enough to cure me. I wouldn't watch them again if they were free. I could care less about interviews with the equipment managers, etc.

Haven't seen LHN, but the BTN has become the go-to channel for sports at my house. I would watch ESECPN, but their bias is sickening. And the so-called "experts" that ESECPN uses make as much sense as a one-legged man entering a butt-kicking contest. Bayless, Holtz, Mark May, Desmond Howard, etc couldn't argue themselves out of a wet paper sack.

Now I'm not saying BTN is un-biased, but at least the bias is kept to a minimum. I would agree the programming needs to continue to evolve and fill out. The weekly BBall show where it follows the teams through the season is very good. The availability of softball games to watch with my daughters is also good. Watched the MSU vs UGly bowl game replay last night.

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June 1, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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I've watched both the LHN and the BTN at my daughter's house since she gets them. Once was enough to cure me. I wouldn't watch them again if they were free. I could care less about interviews with the equipment managers, etc.

I like the BTN also. It is the only place to watch real wrestling. I grew up in metro St. Louis, and I miss seeing the occasional wrestling meets. It's also nice to watch football replays, although Purdue v W. Michigan didn't quite cut it yesterday. It is also nice to watch women's volleyball and soccer with my daughters too.

June 1, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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Now I'm not saying BTN is un-biased, but at least the bias is kept to a minimum.

Rrrriiiiggghhhhttt....

LOL. I'm sure being a B1G fan helps with not seeing the bias as much.

But then, that is what the network is about. I've watched BYU's a couple of times (comes with Uverse package) and, surprisingly, it is all about BYU sports. Same for LHN and the soon(er) ::props to FJJ:: to be OU network...SEC Network, etc...they are all biased..

So if, as DC would say, you don't want to pay to see a particular team/conference sports 24/7 then don't pay....but I'm a'betting that soon you will have to buy something to see college sports..at least the big games.

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June 1, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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They all have some bias. they are catering to their schools fans and it gives non-fans something to get all bent out of shape over.

Exactly....you just said it in fewer words.

There's a word for that but I can't remember what it is. :)

June 1, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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watch real wrestling

Isn't that on Monday or Tuesday nights on Turner? WCW or something like that?

June 1, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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They all have some bias. they are catering to their schools fans and it gives non-fans something to get all bent out of shape over.

Certainly no less bias than CBS, ESPN, NBC or whichever FOX sports regional broadcast. Its amazing how you notice all this when traveling.

EVERY channel seems to have a bias now days, even the national networks. They all push whoever is paying the bills.

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