SEC, ESPN cancel TV network announcement after Boston Marathon deaths

April 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM

ATLANTA, April 15 (UPI) -- A news conference called by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and broadcaster ESPN was canceled Monday in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions.

Slive and ESPN President John Skipper were to appear together in Atlanta to announce what was expected to be a new, SEC-branded college sports television network.

But in a joint statement, the pair said they had postponed the event after a pair of explosions ripped through a crowd of spectators at the marathon, killing at least three people.

"In light of the tragedy in Boston today, we have decided to postpone Tuesday's SEC/ESPN press conference in Atlanta," they said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by these horrible events."

The Boston Globe reported 107 people had been injured, many of them severely, in the afternoon explosions at a busy intersection where thousands of people were lined up to watch the 117th Boston Marathon.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall