John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reported Friday night that CBS has “ended talks” with the SEC regarding its next contract. It’s expected that ABC/ESPN swoop in with a better offer and partner with the league.
The contract between CBS and the SEC runs up at the end of the 2023 season. Presumably, that’s when the new partnership between the league and ABC/ESPN would start. FOX Sports is listed as a “darkhorse” candidate for the package of 15 games.
Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal notes that the league could make $250-300 million more in the next deal. That equates to about $20 million per school.
The CBS booth features Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson in the booth with Jamie Erdahl on the sidelines.
If CBS really is backing out of negotiations, it will be the end of an era.