I get that it would chaffe some of our arses a bit if ND joins the ACC with a six game ACC OOC football schedule. Sure, ND gets to protect their football TV revs but there is no way a deal gets done unless it marginally pushes up the revs for the other 14 members. Financially it will be at least a modest Win-Win in the short term- and maybe much more long term. Second, there is a certain amount of prestige and fun in playing ND in sports. And they DO fit culturally with many exisiting ACC members. Think of the new rivalries. Third, and not least, not only does it help stablize the ACC from potential events in the future (i.e. defections)it takes ND off the board from going to other conferences which would only serve to widen the gap between the ACC and some others. Finally, in the short term there is no incentive to get a marginal 16th school and further dilute revenues.
Despite emotions- I think if the best the ACC can get out of ND is a 6 game OOC schedule- it is a no brainer to do it.
ACC needs to add ND with the most number of games the ACC can get them to agree to. Then, the ACC needs to add UConn, despite what BC might think of that.
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