SEC Commisioner Greg Sankey Discusses College Football Inside The Game
Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey was in The Game at SEC Media Days to discuss many facets of the collegiate football landscape.
When you have the chance to interview the commissioner of any major collegiate conference, it quickly turns into a conversation on the state of college football. Ryan Fowler spoke with Greg Sankey, Southeastern Conference commissioner, and they discussed a multitude of issues surrounding the great sport of college football, including the concern over declining in-stadium attendance numbers.
Attendance numbers in CFB (opening) "we've had continued very strong ticket sales, and we've had strong attendance, we continue to lead in attendance nationally... How do we continue to maybe add some events, how do we make tailgating special? Coming to campus is a feature that NFL teams don't have... I think scheduling is part of that, and that's actually a conversation that our athletics directors have had individually."
Another issue that has creeped its ugly head recently is the plausibility or possibility of the SEC doing away with the SEC Championship Game. This game has done wonders for the conference since 1992, so it might take something dramatic to abolish it in the foreseeable future, says Sankey.
"[That idea's] not one to which I'm open... You'd trade that for what? You'd trade that for a game where, and a game when?... You'd have to really do some convincing to say a different direction is appropriate."
You can catch the entire interview below, and don't miss Sankey's remarks about the scholarship limitations toward the backend of the discussion with Fowler.
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