It was announced today that Notre Dame will join the ACC for all sports except football (and hockey). We want to know if you think that’s a good idea.
Here are the particulars of Notre Dame’s “partnership” with the ACC:
- Notre Dame will join the conference for all sports but football and hockey.
- Notre Dame will play five games against ACC football teams each season. Each ACC school is guaranteed to play ND once every three years.
- The ACC’s exit fee will be increased to $50 million, immediately. The new $50 million exit fee DOES apply to Notre Dame, immediately.
- Each ACC school is guaranteed to play Notre Dame in football once every three years.
- ND gets an equal “member share” of non-football rev., but the ACC keeps all football rev and won’t share that. Football revenue is 80% of the ACC’s television contract (per John Swofford), so Notre Dame will therefore get 1/15th of 20% of the ACC’s TV money.
- Below the BCS bowls, Notre Dame is part of ACC’s bowl lineup. If Notre Dame is to be selected over an ACC team, they must be ranked higher and be within 1 win of that ACC team.
- There is the possibility of an ACC-Notre Dame Orange Bowl. In that scenario, the ACC would keep it share of revenue, and Notre Dame would keep its share of revenue as the ACC opponent. Ditto for other BCS bowls.
- The projection for joining is 2015-16, but Notre Dame will try to accelerate that process via negotiations with the Big East.
- There is no need to add a 16th team, and no intent to do so, per ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
- The five annual football games will be 3/2 split home/away for ND, followed by 2/3 the next year, etc.
- The arrangement will not affect Notre Dame’s football contract with NBC.
- Bringing in Notre Dame will allow ACC to ask for additional compensation in ESPN deal.
- Notre Dame could increase ACC’s media rights from $17M per school to between $18M-$19M per school (@McMurphyESPN on Twitter).
Now that you know all that, answer the question….