Notre Dame has been to seven NCAA tourneys in the last ten years.
Originally Posted by gern
I read what you're getting at but if you ain't all in, I don't want you. If ND is "too good" to bring the only thing they have of value, then I don't want to deal with them. As you put it, if the ACC schools are almost already playing ND that much (I don't think that is true), then ACC schools have nothing to gain by helping out ND. Let them enjoy the BE.
How many ACC schools can say that: two? They would add value the basketball part of our TV contract. Let them keep their football money and we'll keep ours. If Notre Dame plays ACC schools 2-4 times/year in football, maybe they'll play six. They won't play nine is my guess, so why push it.
Notre Dame has excellent Bball and Olympic sports. The ACC has probably the best home for those sports, and FSU, VT, Clemson, et al. would love an occasional home game with the Irish - mandated by a conference deal. Notre Dame might play those schools if it meant they had a home - the best home, imo - for all other sports.
I don't think it would be too hard to find a mutually beneficial business arrangement for the ACC and Notre Dame. I just don't see why college conference affiliations have to groups of full, equal partners. No other business associations are like that.
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