Big Ten and Notre Dame come to terms with TV partners; is SEC next?

Three media deals that affect college football have come down over the past two weeks, concluding with yesterday’s announcement by XM Radio that more SEC teams have signed up to have their play-by-play put on the satellite network.

The first two deals, however, carry more weight: Notre Dame has a new five-year agreement (through 2015) with longtime television partner NBA. And the Big Ten and Comcast finally found a way to sleep in the same bed with the 2-year-old Big Ten Network.
This all has led to much speculation, of course, including some here.
It also has led to a great belief, including by Matt Hayes of Sporting News, that the next big deal coming down the pike will be the creation of the SEC Network.
Contends Hayes: