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Grandpa Slive Wows Kansas City
The Missourian: SEC Commissioner Slive speaks to Missouri fans in Kansas City
On the financial situation Missouri is entering
Slive told the crowd that the SEC has "landmark deals" with ESPN and CBS. ESPN alone has committed for the next 15 years to broadcast on average, about one SEC event per day. As far as Missouri’s incorporation into these deals, Slive said the SEC has begun negotiations with its television partners and that he is "optimistic that we can make Mike Alden very happy," to which the crowd responded with roaring laughter.
Slive said he was familiar with Kansas City’s reputation as a college basketball haven — "I think basketball is an important part of the community," he said — but would not speculate on its chances.
"If you’re asking if there’s a chance we bring the conference championship to Kansas City," Slive said, "the answer is … could we? Yes. Will we? I don’t know."
Slive said two other cities — St. Louis and Memphis — have shown interest in the tournament, which is booked through 2016-17.
Mizzou fans here have been widely portrayed as distressed over MU's decision to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, and that's no doubt true among some.
But another voice resounded Tuesday at the Tiger Club of Kansas City's meeting at the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, where SEC commissioner Mike Slive could do no wrong as he addressed a sardined-in crowd of about 300 that greeted him with a standing ovation.
"The energy in this room is phenomenal," said Slive, adding that if Mizzou fans treat all events with such energy he'd have to warn the rest of the SEC.
During the question-and-answer session with fans, Slive was immediately asked about recent outspoken comments from various members of the University of Kansas and its athletic department about Missouri's move. Slive balked at the fact that Missouri's decision to defect was based solely on money.
Instead, he said it was about a total picture that the University of Missouri wanted to paint.
"I think I spoke for Missouri as well that this is a league that has great pride and great passion," Slive said. "One of the things I love about being the commissioner of the Southeast Conference is that to those of us who live in our world, it's a very important thing. It's about culture, it's about psychology, it's about history, it's about sociology. It's about family. It's about competition. I think it's fair to say that Mizzou was looking for that kind of a home. We were looking for that.
"Revenue, as you can read in the paper, revenue is going to be there. The really big question, and we've been reading about the Big 12 and hopefully they'll do a great job, hopefully they'll be very successful and generate a lot of money. Ultimately, that's really only a piece of it. It's more about a how you stay together-type thing.
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