I prefer the ACC for accessibility of games, other schools, and the fact that most of the rest of the conference isn't cheating (most).
I understand how univ. presidents want to be associated with good schools. But, if ACC teams are making 17m per yr in tv money and other schools are making 20m to 25m plus tier 3 rights, how can ACC teams stay competitive over the long run?
Also, IF ND were to join, how would that change the TV contract and what would ACC need to give up to ND? Johnny boy doesn't seem to be the best negotiator in the world.
You kinda answered your own question. The money gap is there and growing, and will impact competitiveness. The problem is football drives TV dollars and ACC football just isn't that great now. Swofford's hands are tied by whats on the field.
So far as ND...there's no reason to bring in Syracuse and Pitt unless the ACC has a real shot at getting ND. ND is the ultimate game changer in conference realignment. There would be a cataract of money descending on the ACC, a Victoria Falls of wedge. Given ND's relationship with NBC and the emergence of NBCSports channel (which needs programming; horse-racing, hockey and the MLS aren't going to cut it), the ACC should be very aggressive in courting ND, even if that means some kind of special deal for the domers.
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