Former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive dies at 77
Former Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive, who oversaw unprecedented success both on and off the field during his 13-year tenure, died on Wednesday after a lengthy illness. Slive took over as commissioner in 2002. from 2006-2012 the SEC won 7 straight football national championships, a record he said will never be broken. Overall, the SEC claimed 75 national championships in 17 sports under Slive's watch.
He also signed a 15-year contract with ESPN to launch the SEC Network. Within a year the network was worth $4.77B and ESPN called it the most successful launch in cable TV history.
Mike Slive was 77 years old.