banner
Ken Medlin

Deal ends ACC split speculation, indicates network future

Posted April 22, 2013
Updated April 23, 2013

It's over.

The ACC has finally put an end to any speculation of the SEC, Big Ten – or even the Big 12 – poaching its teams. The solution? A grant of media rights agreement, signed by all 15 ACC schools, effective immediately.

Translation: If any ACC school leaves the conference, the ACC retains that school's media rights and revenue.

So unless a school like Florida State wants to play in a conference like the SEC or Big 12 for free, the ACC will be a stable entity for a long time to come.

“I am thrilled with today’s announcement by the Atlantic Coast Conference," said Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. "It is one of the great days in the history of our conference as it shows the highest level of commitment – not by words, but by actions." 

University of North Carolina Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said in a statement, “These are strong and definitive moves by the ACC and its member schools to further announce our desire to stay together and position ourselves among the top conferences in the country." 

The deal also points to the much-discussed possibility of an ACC Network a la the one raking in dough for the Big Ten. 

North Carolina State University Director of Athletics Debbie Yow acknowledged as much Monday in a statement. 

"The assignment of media rights to the ACC by each member guarantees stability in the league, of course. But, it also opens the door more widely to a discussion about an ACC Network, something that a number of ADs believe would further enhance the ACC brand," she said.

Let's face it, conference realignment has been about television dollars from day one. This agreement takes away any chance another conference could lure away an ACC school, because it takes the money out of the equation.

For several years now, fans, media members, conference commissioners and university presidents alike have been acting like kids playing a gigantic game of Risk – moving this school here and that school there as if the consequences were nil.

The result has been a dramatic watering down of several of college athletics' most revered rivalries. No Texas-Texas A&M? No Missouri-Kansas? Maryland to the Big Ten?

"Today’s announcement should put (conference) realignment on the shelf," Cunningham added. "It’s time to put the focus back on celebrating the successes of our students and teams.”

It's time to put the Risk board back on the shelf and start playing Life. It's time to settle down and survey the landscape as it now exists – with the ACC very much alive and kicking for a long time.

Hopefully, this will put an end to any of the wilder speculation locally – the sort of talk that had Carolina and Duke heading for the Big Ten or SEC and State moving to the SEC or Big 12. That stuff might have been interesting fodder for a bar debate, but it has been rendered irrelevant by the grant of rights announcement.

The ACC has its flaws. The media deal with ESPN could be more lucrative, and the conference hasn't set the world on fire in football for more than a decade now. But the league is likely to see improvement in both of those areas.

And more importantly, the ACC is here to stay.

42 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • VT1994Hokie Apr 23, 2013

    Swafford made a huge deal with all schools in for the future of the ACC in this one. Awarding TV rights, and the money to schools puts the ACC out there. If any school leaves, they lose money. Virtually, this seals it for the ACC. Maryland will probably wish that they knew about this last year before they made their move. The wish to jump a hurtle will be much higher now.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Apr 23, 2013

    View quoted thread



    They may have voted against it, but I'm sure their contract with the league requires them to abide by decisions where the majority voted a certain way.

    However, Maryland voting against the increased exit fee could give them some leverage in court. They could say, "we disagreed with that exit fee. So we decided to leave." Who knows, a judge could side with them.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Apr 23, 2013

    View quoted thread



    I don't think so. They announced their exit before this was "ratified" or whatever the term is.

    Plus, the ACC's press release explicitly listed all fifteen teams other than Maryland.

  • pause to consider Apr 23, 2013

    "... But, it also opens the door more widely to a discussion about an ACC Network, something that a number of ADs believe would further enhance the ACC brand," Yow said.

    It used to be about Student-athletes and intercollegiate play. Now it's all about money. Other than the cost of scholarships, the big conferences have a money making machine and their talent sees none of it!

  • JustAName Apr 23, 2013

    One more big scandal and maybe there won't be a NCAA anymore.

  • lec02572 Apr 23, 2013

    If I remember correctly when the vote was taken about the $50k exit fees Maryland and Florida State voted against the plan. That does not mean that they would not have to pay. Majority rules, you know. MD will pay an exit fee either by agreement or by court order in the end and that is what I was talking about earlier about holding up in court. There may be law to prevent contracts like the one just put together by the ACC. I don't know, but I do know that contracts are made to be broken.

  • Ken D. Apr 23, 2013

    Why don't the five power conferences just get it over with a merge into one enormous megaconference that doesn't answer to the NCAA?

  • VT1994Hokie Apr 23, 2013

    Swofford and his committee did a solid job in making this happen. It only helps the ACC.

  • cherokee43v6 Apr 23, 2013

    What this means is that if another conference wants to poach an ACC school they will have to buy the rights from ACC in order for that team to leave.

    It doesn't mean schools can't leave, just that there is an even higher expense to doing so.

  • Ken D. Apr 23, 2013

    View quoted thread



    At the time this was adopted (the rights deal), Maryland is still technically competing in the conference. I wonder if someone will try to make this apply to the Terps, along with the exit fee they didn't agree to.

More...

 

 

  • NASCAR: Folds of Honor 500 in Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • AAC: SMU at UConn

    Tomorrow at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Big Ten: Michigan State at Wisconsin

    Tomorrow at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Wake Forest at Duke

    Monday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NBA: LA Clippers at Chicago

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Big Ten: Michigan State at Wisconsin

    Tomorrow at 4:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL Hurricanes at Chicago

    Monday at 8:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: NC State at Clemson

    Tuesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UCF 66
ECU 71
Final
BC 79
NCSU 63
Final
MIAMI 64
UNC 73
Final
NCCU 72
COOK 49
 
Final
NYI 3
CAR 5
Final
DUKE 73
SYR 54
 
Final
WAS 99
DET 95
4th
MIA 83
ATL 89
 
4th
NYK 99
TOR 92
 
4th
MIN 74
MEM 74
 
Half
DAL 51
BRK 47
 
2nd
UTA 39
MIL 27
 
2nd
PHO 17
SAN 35
 
Final
LIP 94
KNST 75
 
Final
GHND 47
NAVY 57
 
Final
LAF 74
ARMY 64
 
Final
AMER 69
BUCK 71
 
Final
UCF 66
ECU 71
Final
STJ 81
GEOR 70
Final
CLEM 70
GT 63
Final
COL 61
LEH 55
 
Final
FSU 59
LOU 81
Final
MD 66
MICH 56
Final
UGA 68
MIZZ 44
Final
BC 79
NCSU 63
Final
LAS 56
RIU 59
Final
UNH 65
MAINE 56
 
Final
IUPUI 80
NEOM 87
 
Final
WINT 80
PBY 53
 
Final
VMI 69
SAMF 80
 
Final
CITA 54
WCU 67
 
Final
DEP 53
BUT 67
Final
LONG 70
CAMP 65
 
Final
TULA 47
CIN 63
Final
VCU 55
DAY 59
Final
TOWS 60
DEL 65
 
Final
WMARY 66
DREX 80
 
Final
JVU 75
FLGC 67
 
Final
EVAN 67
ILLST 69
 
Final
BRAD 52
INDST 60
 
Final
MIAMI 64
UNC 73
Final
WICHS 74
NIOWA 60
Final
UWGB 83
OU 63
 
Final
LSU 73
MISS 63
Final
OKLA 67
TCU 60
Final
BING 76
UMBC 69
 
Final
AFA 60
UTST 74
Final
GTDNS 79
VERM 73
 
Final
XAV 66
VILL 78
Final
MNTER 74
WAGN 64
 
Final
ILLCH 61
WRST 46
 
Final
YALE 90
SARAHLAW 55
 
Final
UAB 100
MTST 95
Final
NDAK 65
SUTAH 71
 
Final
LIB 77
UNCA 95
 
Final
CHIST 65
WLVRN 44
 
Final
UMO 57
BGU 62
 
Final
SHU 84
LIU 73
 
Final
APP 66
LAMON 43
 
Final
VANDY 73
ALA 66
Final
KENT 84
ARK 67
Final
NCCU 72
COOK 49
 
Final
MRGST 77
COPST 88
 
Final
SHU 67
CREI 66
Final
BONA 92
DUQ 75
Final
MERC 69
ETST 64
 
Final
UMASS 82
FORD 74
Final
RAD 72
GWEBB 62
 
Final
JMU 82
HOF 73
 
Final
BU 70
HC 77
 
Final
KYST 70
ISU 69
Final
DELST 65
MDES 69
 
Final
LOYC 65
MIZST 51
 
Final
IDAHO 80
MNTST 73
 
Final
MCNST 83
NICST 78
 
Final
TTU 63
OKST 62
Final
PORT 66
SDU 78
 
Final
BRY 61
Terriers 51
 
Final
RMU 71
RFLSH 70
 
Final
UVA 69
VT 57
Final
BAY 78
WVU 66
Final
FUR 60
WOFF 62
 
Final
SILL 63
DRAK 57
 
Final
FD 73
CCST 66
 
Final
WMICH 80
EMICH 72
 
Final
CSOU 97
HIGH 93
 
Final
UNCG 58
CHAT 61
 
Final
SD 80
SDKST 64
 
Final
CARK 74
SELA 72
 
Final
KU 69
TEX 64
Final
EWASH 76
MONT 77
 
Final
TROY 64
UGST 75
 
Final
TXST 70
ARKST 60
 
Final
UNT 57
ODU 70
Final
CORN 45
DART 56
 
Final
NCAT 77
FAM 65
 
Final
PSU 77
IOWA 81
Final
MORE 87
JVST 55
 
Final
PEPP 65
LMU 49
 
Final
SCAR 81
MSST 68
 
Final
BRO 62
PRIN 80
 
Final
NEV 62
SJST 51
 
Final
SCST 57
SAV 68
 
Final
BEL 88
TENST 62
 
Final
UF 66
TENN 49
Final
ALAST 49
TXSOU 58
 
Final
SOUTH 71
ALCOR 63
 
Final
JST 73
MVSU 49
 
Final
SEMIZ 89
PEAY 65
 
Final
TOL 70
BST 59
 
Final
KSU 65
BUF 71
 
Final
LBSU 70
CSFU 47
 
Final
MARS 79
FATL 63
 
Final
STLU 50
GMAS 78
 
Final
DAVID 77
GWU 66
 
Final
CLMB 70
HARV 80
 
Final
LAM 79
INCWORD 66
 
Final
YOUNG 74
UWMIL 82
 
Final
ELON 74
UNCW 55
 
Final
ILL 86
NW 60
 
Final
YALE 55
PENN 50
 
Final
STJOE 57
RICH 63
 
Final
UNF 86
STET 71
 
Final
HART 59
USB 74
 
Final
DUKE 73
SYR 54
 
Final
EKENT 70
TENT 67
 
Final
LATU 76
TXSA 66
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 84
USCU 65
 
Final
MAST 84
WILL 64
 
Final
UMKC 70
GRCN 65
 
Final
NO 75
ABCHRIST 55
 
Final
TENNM 67
MURST 73
 
Final
HOW 67
HAMP 68
 
Final
ALAAM 72
PVU 75
 
2nd
SDST 43
BSU 49
 
2nd
NILL 65
CMICH 45
 
2nd
RICE 74
CHAR 70
 
2nd
ORU 55
DEN 48
 
Final
WKENT 77
FIU 61
 
8:00pm Tonight
TXPA 0
NMST 0
 
Final
COC 56
NE 65
 
2nd
SCU 67
GAELS 67
 
2nd
HOUB 59
STEPH 77
 
2nd
SMISS 62
UTEP 60
 
2nd
MEM 62
TULSA 58
 
2nd
UNLV 65
WYO 54
 
2nd
TXARL 60
ARKLR 58
 
2nd
TEXAM 48
AUB 34
 
2nd
LALAF 52
GSOUT 44
 
2nd
ARKPB 46
GRAM 36
 
2nd
TAMCC 43
SHSU 32
 
1st
UTAH 24
ARZ 22
 
1st
NCOL 31
NARZ 32
 
10:00pm Tonight
GONZ
BYU
10:00pm Tonight
WEBER
IDST
 
10:00pm Tonight
FRES
NMU
10:00pm Tonight
USF
PAC
 
10:00pm Tonight
CPSL 0
UCD 0
 
10:05pm Tonight
PORST
SACST
 
10:30pm Tonight
SEAT
CALST
 
10:30pm Tonight
CSNO
UCR
 
10:30pm Tonight
USC
WASH
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
UCI
 
Final
FLA 5
BUF 3
Final
NAS 3
DET 4
Final
NYI 3
CAR 5
Final
CLB 0
NJD 2
Final
BOS 4
ARI 1
Final
MON 4
TOR 0
2nd
PHI 2
NYR 2
 
10:00pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
OTT
10:00pm Tonight
EDM
STL