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Alabama fans cheer before a game against LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa. The SEC is set to get two new teams when Oklahoma and Texas join the mix. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Why College Conference Realignment
Reshapes the Sports Tourism Landscape

College sports is amid revolutionary change that may not be surpassed in its long and sometimes controversial history. The ability of athletes — sorry, student-athletes — to earn money off name, image and likeness has turned the traditional college sponsorship model upside down. The NCAA recently adopted a new constitution that may see further changes […]

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College Football Playoff Names Byron Hatch Chief Operating Officer

Byron Hatch has been named the College Football Playoff’s chief operating officer after spending six years as the assistant commissioner of championships for the Southeastern Conference. During Hatch’s time with the SEC he oversaw the SEC football championship game, men’s basketball tournament and softball tournament. In his role, Hatch will be responsible for managing the […]

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Greg Sankey: Expanding the SEC, the College Football Playoff and NCAA Gender Equity

Greg Sankey has been the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference since 2015 and is generally regarded as one of the more powerful people in collegiate athletics, given the SEC’s dominance over college football. But Sankey’s career spans multiple regions and divisions across the NCAA, from working in Central New York as the director of intramural […]

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SEC Keeps Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville

The Southeastern Conference will keep its Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville through at least 2030—and possibly to 2035—in an extension signed with the Nashville Sports Council. Under the terms of the extension, Nashville will host every year of the tournament through 2030, except in 2022, when the tournament will be played in Tampa, Florida. (The SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament will […]

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