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Does anybody think the $50 million exit fee was put in place primarily as a deterrent to dissuade other leagues from poaching ACC teams? Like saying "It's going to be really hard to get one of our teams because they will have to pay $50 million bucks."
This would be in contrast to the thought process behind the exit fee being centered around the solidarity of the collective ACC member institutions. The statement concerning that would go something like "We aren't leaving the ACC"
One would think if the ACC were to put an exit fee into place based on each school's commitment to remaining in the league long term, it would contain the same forfeiture of TV rights like the Big XII instituted. Since the ACC did not go down that route, one might think the majority of ACC member institutions were not willing to commit fully to the ACC and leave an out clause. An expensive out clause, but a viable one.
Basically, the ACC as a majority said "We like the ACC, as is. But if the ACC doesn't improve its influence, or at least remain as is, we are going to make sure we can get the hell out."
Welcome to the Terror Dome, baby! Welcome to the Terror Dome!
Maryland and Florida State were the two that voted against that exit fee. MD has had something going on for a while. Surprised anyone that close to Washington could actually keep a secret.
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