But's that's not really relevant. WFU is a drain on our conference revenue. None of Wake's nonrev championships add anything to conference revenue. They won the ACC once, but whenenever they win the ACC, they actually devalue the ACC's TV deal. It hurts the ACC to have a small private school with no fans, a tiny stadium, and no Q rating to win the conference. The best thing WFU could do is to lose to FSU every year. Beating FSU makes them more of an anchor. Can you imagine anything more disastrous than a Duke-WFU ACC championship game in Charlotte?
Every time Wake beats FSU, the SEC laughs. Elevating Wake adds nothing. Wake will never be a prominent football program. Success for Wake (and Duke) in the ACC is death for the ACC. Think about it.
That's why it would be good if the NCAA had a stadium capacity minimum of 40,000 seats for Division 1-A (FBS) and average attendance of 40,000/game over a 5 year period. Either Duke and Wake would have to increase their stadiums to 40,000 seats and average 40,000/game or move down to FCS level just for football. That forces schools like Duke to invest more into their football program. I will give Wake some credit for making football facility improvements and being competitive. The same can be said for Boston College who has at least fielded competitive teams most of their years in the ACC. Duke's football program has just been embarrassing. As long as the ACC is a basketball-first conference, I guess it doesn't matter if Dukes stinks it up every season in football. Adding Syracuse doesn't help matters. 2011 average football attendance: BC 35,709 (80% capacity), Duke 24,393 (72% capacity), Syracuse 40,504 (82% capacity), and Wake 31,977 (101.48% capacity).
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