The ACC will not get 6 games/year out of ND, prolly 3 at best and that's not good enough.i'm slowly opening up to the idea of inviting ND for everything but football and requiring their football team play AT LEAST 6 ACC games/year and must play all 14 ACC teams on the ACC field once every 7 years.
This all but ensures if/when ND joins a league, we will be the choice. also, by negotiating the OB deal with them, we would partially control their post season as well. honestly, we could even give them access to all of our bowl tie-ins if it helps us negotiate bigger/better tie-ins as long as the rev sharing makes sense. i would even ensure ND played 1 of their 7 "home" games in CLT vs an ACC foe every year with a nice rev cut from NBC for the ACC. beyond that, ND keeps all their NBC revenue for home games, we keep all marginal TV money we get from ESPN with the addition of the 3 contractual Notre Dame games played in ACC stadiums each year, and we split all non-football TV revenue equally.
for football, we don't have to bring on any dead weight just to have a round # of 16.
for bball, 3 5 team scheduling pods would almost be ideal (8 games in pod, 10 games out of pod for 18 games). if that didn't work, they could also setup 5 3 team pods. 4 pod games, 12 non-pod games, and rotate 2 teams from other pods as a home-home to play 18 games and ensure you play everyone in the league home and home in one year at least once every 6 years (i think). it's less clean/o=ideal, but gives us more schedule rotations/flexibility.
I used to be a firm all or none guy, but i'm slowly opening up to this as long as the ACC comes out of it with what they need/want, and we aren't pushed around by ND. i'm mostly coming around because i want no part of Rutgers, UConn, or any other team that has been mentioned as a potential #16...
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Tue Jul 10 2012, 11:08 PM #12