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Tracking Slive's career through the years


Slive (right) looks over construction at Dartmouth.
Photo by: Slive Family

■ Becomes assistant athletic director at Dartmouth College.

■ Named assistant executive director at the Pac-10 Conference.

Slive at Cornell.
Photo by: Slive Family
■ Becomes AD at Cornell University.

■ Founds and serves as senior partner of Slive/Glazier Sports Group with Mike Glazier.

February 1991
■ Named commissioner of the fledgling Great Midwest Conference. In May, the conference would sign a three-year television marketing agreement with Host Creative.

April 1995
■ Named commissioner of the newly formed Conference USA, made up primarily from a merger of the Metro and Great Midwest conferences.

■ ESPN and Conference USA announce a multiyear agreement granting ESPN, ESPN2 and Creative Sports exclusive rights for national broadcast work, national and regional cable, and syndication of all men’s basketball games beginning this season.

■ Liberty Sports and the conference agree on a five-year television football package.

December 2000
■ ESPN and Conference USA agree to an eight-year deal beginning with the 2001 football season and the 2001-02 basketball season. Included in the deal are football telecasts on Tuesday and/or Wednesday nights and select Thursday and Saturday games.

Slive presents the Conference USA championship trophy to the DePaul women's basketball team in 2002, the same year he would be named SEC commissioner.
Photo by: Conference USA

July 2002
■ The SEC introduces Slive as the league’s seventh commissioner, replacing Roy Kramer, who is retiring after 13 years.

January 2005
■ Slive takes over as BCS coordinator from Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg.

January 2006
■ The SEC extends its exclusive marketing deal with Host Communications through 2016. Host has had official marketing partner status with the SEC since 1990.

October 2006
■ Slive announces that the SEC and Big East next season will begin a men’s basketball challenge series similar to the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

The Gators celebrate a championship run.
Photo by: Getty Images
■ During the 2006-07 academic year, the SEC becomes the first conference to win national championships in football and men’s and women’s basketball in the same academic year.

April 2008
■ Slive proposes a “plus one” model playoff format. His plan is rejected by BCS officials but turns out to be similar to the current College Football Playoff.

August 2008
■ The SEC completes a 15-year, $2.25 billion deal through 2023-24 with ABC/ESPN for multiple sports; and a 15-year, $825 million deal through 2023-24 with CBS for football and basketball.

September 2008
■ CBS Sports begins streaming live online simulcasts of its weekly coverage of SEC football on

August 2009
■ SEC teams with XOS Technologies to launch the SEC Digital Network.

December 2009
■ The SEC Championship football game scores its highest rating with an 11.1.

September 2011
■ The SEC announces that Texas A&M will join the conference, effective July 1, 2012. The expansion will be the first for the league since 1992.

November 2011
■ The SEC reveals that the University of Missouri will become its 14th member institution.

May 2013

Slive scored one of his biggest deals by partnering with ESPN on the SEC Network.
Photo by: SEC

■ The SEC and ESPN formally announce their partnership on a new channel.

June 2014
■ At the SEC’s spring meetings, Slive warns that the conference would be prepared to pull out of NCAA Division I and form a new NCAA division if the five power conferences don’t receive autonomy to set their own rules on certain matters. The NCAA grants that autonomy two months later.

August 2014
■ SEC Network debuts in approximately 65 million households nationwide, making it the largest network launch in cable television history.

October 2014
■ Slive announces he will retire at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.

March 2015
■ The SEC names Greg Sankey its eighth commissioner. Sankey is in his 13th year as a member of the conference staff.

Source: SportsBusiness Journal research