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SEC on Sundays? Slive: ‘No, we haven’t talked about it’

Mike Slive AP

Given the uncertainty swirling around the NFL’s labor situation and whether at least part of the season will be cancelled, we’ve long thought it would be wise for conferences around the country to give serious thought to moving some games to fill the Sunday football void if the big boy league fails to come to their senses.

In late March, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said his conference is “certainly monitoring the situation.” ¬†Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said “Sunday games would be something we would have to think long and hard about” if the opportunity arose.

Don’t, though, expect the preeminent football conference in the country to do the same.

In a Q&A with the Mobile Press-Register in which he discusses issues such as agents, grayshirting and the Fiesta Bowl scandal without really saying a whole heck of a lot or plowing any new ground, SEC commissioner Mike Slive cut right to the chase when it comes to moving conference games to Sunday.

“No, we haven’t talked about it,” Slive said. “We’ve got a lot of tradition. It’s the hallmark of this league. … We play on Saturday for the most part. Whether or not we would adjust, no one has said a word to me about that and certainly we’re not going to take the initiative.”

In other words, cut “watch SEC football on fall Sundays” from your future to-do list.

Hopefully, though, if the NFL does decide to cap its own knees and cancel even a portion of their 2011 season, other conferences would take a different tack and fill the gaping football void that would exist.

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13 Responses to “SEC on Sundays? Slive: ‘No, we haven’t talked about it’”
  1. superfbfan says: Apr 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    No way they would even consider it…too much tradition, plus Sunday games would get in the way of church service. The south is just a little different. August can’t get here soon enough!!

  2. mdnittlion says: Apr 19, 2011 10:58 AM

    Ya sunday services, I believe everyone in the Georgia and Super Dome is concerned with that so much. Come on I’ve been to NO and ATL during football seasons church is the last thing people have on their minds.

  3. superfbfan says: Apr 19, 2011 12:04 PM

    @mdnittlion

    You trying to say Sunday service isn’t a big deal in the south? C’mon man! Tailgating is a much bigger deal for LSU and UGA fans…the drinking starts on friday and doesn’t end until 2 am sunday morning. The professional and college sports fans in the south are a breed apart….

  4. Deb says: Apr 19, 2011 12:28 PM

    @mdnittlion …

    Atlanta and New Orleans. Yeah, those metro cities are really representative of the college towns throughout the South. And as superfbfan says, the traditions of pro and college ball are very different.

    My family has season tickets to Bama games, but church will come first if those games are moved to Sunday. Slive knows that will be the case for a lot of families across the SEC.

    I’m a bigger NFL fan than college, which is why I’m soooo thankful for DVRs. With both morning and evening worship services, I’m only able to catch the first game live and have to use the DVR to watch the late afternoon and evening games and post-game shows about two hours behind the live broadcast. Since college kickoffs occur at different times each week, it would be a pain trying to DVR those games on a Sunday.

    Just because the NFL has made a mess of its business is no reason for the NCAA to further mess with fans.

  5. frug says: Apr 19, 2011 1:35 PM

    From a purely business perspective it would probably be decent idea to move one big game per week to 2 or 3 o’clock. Some people wouldn’t be thrilled with it, but it would be the smart move in terms of both money and exposure. Whether that’s worth breaking tradition is questionable, though their hand might be forced if other conferences start playing Sunday games and ESPN and CBS start leaning on the SEC. Of course this is all probably academic anyways since I still think the NFL and the players reach a deal before the season starts.

  6. gamecockinfl says: Apr 19, 2011 3:19 PM

    He really didn’t say no. Some of the teams already play on Thursdays. I would hate to see it happen though.

  7. stairwayto7 says: Apr 19, 2011 3:52 PM

    Sundays are for moonshine running, players to steal and fans to inbreed!

  8. thefiesty1 says: Apr 19, 2011 5:27 PM

    No, no, no! There is nothing like a Saturday night game in Baton Rouge. Sunday afternoon is for the pros when they get their little labor situation settled.

  9. superfbfan says: Apr 19, 2011 8:20 PM

    @stairwayto7

    You forgot to add white trash quarterbacks who rape drunk girls….other then that, you described Pittsburgh fairly well ;)

  10. Deb says: Apr 20, 2011 1:02 PM

    @superfbfan …

    stairwayto7 is like the little cousin you wish you could lock in the closet. He runs through the party shouting these screwball things, then sticks his hand in the punchbowl, dries them on his shirt, and runs outside. Everyone turns to you with raised eyebrows and you say, “His parents went north before he was born.” People nod knowingly and return to their conversations.

    The only thing more embarrassing than the child who sticks his hands in the punchbowl is the adult who tries to trade insults with him.

  11. tide4life says: Apr 20, 2011 7:57 PM

    superfbfan . . . stairwayto7
    They sound like thst Tennessee crowd you mentioned in another thread.

  12. dcroz says: Apr 20, 2011 10:49 PM

    The SEC will not play on Sundays because the Bible Belt crowd will scream “violation of the Sabbath!”…nevermind that they go to restaurants right after church that apparently employ the sacriligeous heathens serving them.

    I remember a few years ago when Kirk Herbstreit invited Hoover High School (remember them from MTV’s “Two-A-Days”?) to play in a high school classic he hosts up in Ohio every year, but they were forced by the community to decline because the game would be played on Sunday (though they seemed to have no problem employing an adulturous head coach who was supporting two families at the same time, as long as he made it to the state championship game every year). I can easily hear people down here moaning and groaning about how wrong it would be for those college boys to play on the Lord’s Day…after all, that’s where you go to church and discuss how your team did/did not cover the point spread the day before.

  13. Deb says: Apr 20, 2011 11:31 PM

    @dcroz …

    Blah, blah, blah … churchgoers are hypocrites … blah, blah, blah.

    Honey, the world is full of hypocrites. I’ve met plenty of atheists who whine for God when the going gets tough. It all evens out.

    Not all college football fans gamble on games, by the way. And I use my electric and water on Sunday, too, even though it means someone at the power and water plants is working on Sunday. (Where under New Testament law does it say it’s a sin to work on Sunday?) But my family won’t be using their season tickets if a Bama game is scheduled during a worship service, so it would be inconvenient to them (and me when I go up for a game). Since the South has a large population of churchgoers, it would be imprudent of Slive not to consider that.

    More important … college football is played on Saturday and scheduled a couple of years in advance. The NCAA or SEC could wreak havoc to reschedule on Sunday in anticipation of the NFL missing an undetermined number of games. But the second the NFL is back on the field, the networks will Dump. Them. Flat. Then they’ll have to wreak havoc with their schedules putting the games back on Saturday at a moment’s notice. Of course, that also means wreaking havoc with travel and hotel reservations. Seems colossally stupid to me, but if it makes sense to you … :roll:

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