Tracking Slive's career through the years
Slive (right) looks over construction at Dartmouth.
■ Becomes assistant athletic director at Dartmouth College.
■ Named assistant executive director at the Pac-10 Conference.
Slive at Cornell.
■ Becomes AD at Cornell University.
■ Founds and serves as senior partner of Slive/Glazier Sports Group with Mike Glazier.
■ Named commissioner of the fledgling Great Midwest Conference. In May, the conference would sign a three-year television marketing agreement with Host Creative.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ The SEC introduces Slive as the league’s seventh commissioner, replacing Roy Kramer, who is retiring after 13 years.
■ Slive takes over as BCS coordinator from Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg.
■ The SEC extends its exclusive marketing deal with Host Communications through 2016. Host has had official marketing partner status with the SEC since 1990.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ CBS Sports begins streaming live online simulcasts of its weekly coverage of SEC football on CBSSports.com.
■ SEC teams with XOS Technologies to launch the SEC Digital Network.
■ The SEC Championship football game scores its highest rating with an 11.1.
■ 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.
■ The SEC reveals that the University of Missouri will become its 14th member institution.
Slive scored one of his biggest deals by partnering with ESPN on the SEC Network.
■ The SEC and ESPN formally announce their partnership on a new channel.
■ 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.
■ SEC Network debuts in approximately 65 million households nationwide, making it the largest network launch in cable television history.
■ Slive announces he will retire at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.
■ 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