The long-awaited announcement of the Southeastern Conference network is days away.
The SEC says that it will hold a news conference with ESPN executives Tuesday in Atlanta. The network is to be launched in a partnership between the SEC and ESPN.
Sports Business Journal reported Friday that the conference and the network would detail plans Tuesday to have the SEC cable channel up and running by August 2014. A person familiar with the announcement confirmed that to the AP on condition of anonymity because no details of the news conference had been made official.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and ESPN President John Skipper will be among those in attendance. Slive said earlier this year he expected an announcement on the network by the middle of April.
ESPN will own the rights for all SEC sports, except for the one-game per week deal the conference has with CBS, according to SBJ.
AUBURN: The school’s athletic department paid a private security company almost $75,000 to enforce curfews for players last season.
The Montgomery Advertiser reported on the costs Friday, citing documents obtained through a records request.
• The school is moving forward with plans for a makeover of Toomer’s Corner that will include planting trees to replace the iconic oaks poisoned by a fan of rival Alabama. The board of trustees gave the go-ahead Friday to initiate plans to redevelop the site that has long been the scene for victory celebrations. It was the first step in a project that is expected to cost from $1 million to $2 million, said Dan King, an assistant vice president for facilities.
BOWL DATES: The Poinsettia Bowl will be played Dec. 26 and the Holiday Bowl will be played Dec. 30 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
The AdvoCare V100 Bowl will be played Dec. 31 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.