SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has agreed to a contract extension that can maintain him with the convention by means of “at the very least” 2026, it was introduced Thursday.
The extension comes on the heels of Sankey overseeing the addition of Huge 12 powers Oklahoma and Texas to the convention final week. The Sooners and Longhorns will carry the overall variety of SEC groups to 16 in 2025.
“School athletics is within the midst of a transformational interval, and the SEC is lucky to have a extremely impactful chief to information us ahead at this essential time in our historical past,” convention president Jere Morehead, the College of Georgia president, stated in a press release.
“He has successfully launched change and development for the convention whereas respecting the institutional traditions that make the SEC distinctive. His management and talent to foster collaboration by means of the COVID-19 pandemic helped set up a framework for all of faculty sports activities, and people management abilities might be essential as we transfer ahead with change within the years forward.”
Sankey, 57, took over because the SEC’s eighth commissioner after Mike Slive stepped down in 2015. Slive handed away in 2018.
In December, Sankey helped dealer a 10-year settlement with Disney that can give ABC and ESPN unique broadcast rights to SEC soccer and basketball video games beginning in 2024-25 and persevering with by means of 2033-34.
“I’m grateful for the assist of the SEC’s presidents and chancellors, and for the persevering with alternative to serve our universities whereas supporting the student-athletes of the Southeastern Convention,” Sankey stated in a press release. “We’re within the midst of a time of change for school athletics, and I look ahead to working with the SEC’s campus leaders to establish a path ahead that can maintain the unbelievable success of our Convention and supply alternatives for younger individuals to develop academically and problem themselves athletically.”
Sankey now finds himself as one of many longest tenured Energy 5 commissioners in school athletics — second solely to the Huge 12’s Bob Bowlsby, who was launched in 2012.
Within the final two years, the Huge Ten employed Kevin Warren, the ACC employed Jim Phillips and the Pac-12 employed George Kliavkoff to guide their respective conferences.