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did someone say big12 was meeting this week and expansion one of agenda items? anyone know the date(s) of meetings?
I read the 29th, but that was from the internet crazies.
It won't affect the ACC until the suit against Maryland and making them pay the $53 million before they play a game in the B1G is over. If Maryland doesn't have to pay or it's gets greatly reduced the ACC is in trouble and I believe teams will jump to another conference.
This post was edited by TazzHokie 18 months ago
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The ACC isn't breaking apart. The only way the ACC breaks apart is if FSU leaves, which could start a chain reaction. FSU has already compared and contrasted the conferences and has decided on the ACC. UNC and UVa have NO upside for leaving to the Big Ten, particularly UNC. The ACC, with Louisville, Pitt and Syracuse, has just become the nation's far and away best basketball conference, and UNC makes its money on basketball. UVa and UNC are both extremely rich institutions and are already ranked higher academically than virtually all of the Big Ten. The additional money for sports--which so far has not materialized (it's just rumor)--is a drop in the hat. The CIC obtaining research dollars is a MYTH--it will not help UVa or UNC obtain more money. It's basically a method for the schools to share library and faculty resources--hardly enticing enough for elite AAU schools to leave almost 60 years of tradition where their athletic departments overall have become among the most successful in the nation (lacrosse, soccer, swimming, etc.).
Where is the upside for UNC and UVa to move? What about FSU? The upside is just not there. And we know VT is ACC all the way unless the conference collapses. Where would the move come? Why?
It doesn't take insider knowledge to understand that the ACC is here to stay. All you have to do is put 2 and 2 together and you can see that there is no overriding benefit for a program to leave other than a few million more a year. But these schools are already rich!
This post was edited by VTfinance2007 18 months ago
I will say it again...ACC Football aside from us, Clem and FSU = a big fat teary eyed, Noon Raycom kickoff yawn. Basketball is fine as a 2nd sport...lacrosse and rowing mean nothing to VT. Fan excitement with a home football schedule of Duke, Syracuse, Wake and Pitt simply couldn't compare to one with Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia or Florida in Lane.
I think you fail to understand what is driving this bus. It's television money. The Big 10 is rolling in money from its network and If the ACC fails to negotiate a better TV deal you'll see FSU, UNC, Miami, UVA and Clemson bolt for a new conference. It's pretty simple math for the BOR.
Exactly, those longing for the ACC lovefest of yesteryear applied to the new set up just don't understand that money is driving this whole thing and there is more money to made elsewhere....A LOT OF MONEY.
There is also money to be made by erasing one conference and taking that money elsewhere.
VT will not be the first to go, even if the MD exit fee is lowered via negotiation. Nope, one or two others will make the first move, IMO.
I agree completely. The BIG and SEC money pot is much larger than that of the current ACC. On field performance aside, if the SEC refuses to take FSU and Clemson because of diminishing the pot, the ACC, with UNC, NCSU, Duke, and WF, will never be competitive in TV $.
They will, I just hope we didn't already pass on our chance to land in the best place for VT. Those last 2 spots in the SEC are gold
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The Big Ten is NOT "rolling" in the money--they are around $20 mm per school, which is a few million better than the ACC, which negotiated its original contract during the heart of the recession. The ACC is currently working with ESPN on building a network. The only thing the Big Ten is offering is money that has NOT materialized yet. The ACC has superior TV ratings, superior recruiting markets, and better Olympic sports. Not to mention that the ACC for programs like UVA and UNC offers better geography and 60 years of history and culture.
The ACC is not breaking apart and we're not losing UNC or UVa to the Big Ten.
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