ESPN, SEC postpone announcement in light of Boston Marathon tragedy

Monday April 15th, 2013

ESPN and the Southeastern Conference postponed a press conference set for Tuesday in Atlanta to announce a partnership in a television network in light of two bombs that exploded near the conclusion of the Boston Marathon Monday that killed two people and reportedly injured more than 80.

No makeup date for the press conference was announced.

The still unnamed national network will launch in August 2014, following the expiration of the conference’s current third-tier TV rights contracts. The SEC will be the third of the BCS conference to create their own network, following the Big Ten and Pac-12. Both of those conferences reportedly take home $250 million per year from television revenue alone.

"In light of the tragedy in Boston today, we have decided to postpone Tuesday’s SEC/ESPN press conference in Atlanta. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by these horrible events,"  a joint statement by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and ESPN President John Skipper read.
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