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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE DISCUSSES ISSUES IN LEAGUE MEETINGS
Published May 31, 1995
Southeastern Conference officials are attending their annual meetings this week in Destin, FL. Among the topics being discussed: CBS CONTRACT: CBS Sports Programming Dir Len DeLuca met with league officials to "iron out details" of the league's basketball contract that will call for the network to televise five conference and five non-conference games next season. In addition, CBS will televise the SEC's Championship game next March. DeLuca: "This brings SEC basketball to the same level as the Big East, Big Ten and ACC" (NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE, 5/30). REVENUE SHARING: League officials are discussing a "different formula to distribute revenues," according to the TIMES-PICAYUNE. SEC schools split $40M in revenue last year, and Auburn AD David Housel says any changes would be minor (NEW ORLEANS TIMES PICAYUNE, 5/30). EXPANSION PLANS? The league is not planning on expanding from its current 12 team format, according to SEC President Roy Kramer. Kramer: "We will continue to keep our options, but right now I don't sense a mood to make further changes or add more schools" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 5/29). PRESEASON GAMES: League officials discussed a proposal that Monday would allow SEC football teams to play in pre-season games such as the Kickoff Classic. TAMPA TRIBUNE's Chris Harry reports that a vote on the issue could come as soon as Thursday (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/30). NEAUX TO THE BIG EASY? New Orleans is likely to lose its bid to host the football title game in '97 to Atlanta because of Atlanta's eastern location. SEC presidents are set to vote on the issue Thursday (TIMES PICAYUNE, 5/30).