The SEC Media Days started Monday at the Wynfree Hotel in Hoover, Alabama.
Over the next four days, more than 1,000 members of the media will get a chance to talk with SEC coaches, players and other SEC personnel.
On Monday, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive took the podium first to talk about two big topics: the potential for a restructuring of the current student-athlete model and the upcoming launch of the SEC Network.
Right now, the network will only be available on AT&T U-Verse, DISH, Cox, and Google Fiber. There's no deal yet with DirecTV or Comcast.
"We are in very serious discussions with major carriers. We certainly hope we can come to some agreement before we launch. The critical component is that it's available but it's imperative to us to try to make sure that all of you don't necessarily have to change your provider and we are pleased at this point in the progress we are making in those negotiations," said Slive.
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On August 7, the NCAA board of directors will meet to consider massive recommendations. If significant changes aren't made, the SEC and the other power 5 conferences will look to create their own governing body.
Slive said it all centers around the student-athlete, and of course that buzz-phrase "full cost of tuition."
"Simple things like if you're playing in a bowl game and your parents can't afford to go we'd like to be able to help. There's a whole litany of things we have listed in our vision. That's a very different thing than television. This is not about competition, this is about making the student-athlete the focus or the nexus of what we're trying to do as 65 institutions. We'd like to do it in the NCAA and we hope that on August 7th when the NCAA Board of Directors considers the recommendation from the steering committee, that we will in fact have this opportunity," said Slive.
ESPN's Chris Low, who is also a WBIR contributor, gave us a little more insight into what the SEC wants.
"I think first and foremost they want more money for student-athletes. They want a full cost of attendance, not stipends, not payments per se but more money for these kids with all the money that's being generated, television contracts and everything else and I think that makes a lot of sense. The tricky part is where do you draw that line. With the Ed O'Bannon anti-trust lawsuit right now are kids gonna be able to sell their own likeness, sell their images, sign autographs for pay. All those things I think are coming down the pike. How do they deal with it? I think ultimately you're gonna see the model change, it's been broken now for a long time and I'm taking about the NCAA model. How much does it change and I think that's what none of us know right now," said Low.
Also on Monday, coaches and players from Auburn, Florida, and Vanderbilt met the media.
Tennessee is up on Tuesday, along with Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Texas A&M.
On Wednesday, we'll hear from Missouri, LSU, and Arkansas.
Thursday things will wrap up with Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Kentucky.
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