Commissioner John Swofford has already stated the ESPN
contract is currently under renegotiation. Obviously
the price tag will increase with the Irish on the table.
Just how much will be the whole key. The early unofficial
word is that the payout per ACC team could likely increase
1 to 1.5 million dollars.
writer has never been labeled an accounting genius.
Regardless, the numbers don't calculate into what the
ACC big wigs have been selling to the masses. Adding
two to three home games per year against Notre Dame
is not going to bump the pay significantly. Whatever
increase generated is still going to leave the ACC ranked
fifth in monetary prowess behind the other power conferences.
That is unless Notre Dame is magically delicious to
the television networks in an amount that exceeds $50
million in new revenues, which is what the ACC would
need to catch up to the next conference ranked fourth
in the economic pecking order.
in mind that Notre Dame will only be required to play
five ACC football opponents every season. They already
play four in 2012 (Miami, Wake Forest, Boston College
and future member Pitt). Of course this contract appears
to be much more aligned than the one the Big East Conference
struck with Notre Dame beginning with the 1995-96 seasons.
That contract required Notre Dame to play "up to"
a certain number of Big East opponents in football each
season. As time demonstrated, the phrase "up to"
was a hypothetical one as the Irish never really embraced
a partial Big East football scheduling plan. Oh those
promises sounded so great.
ACC probably made a descent coup in relation to bowl
bargaining status. But that too is based on a carrot
dangling in front of the mule without anything written
and signed on paper.
regards to parts 3 and 4 on the ACC wish list, Notre
Dame will fight to the death to avoid not being an Independent.
It's been this way for over a century and anyone that
believes this will change in the next century should
consider purchasing some ocean front property in Blacksburg.
Times are changing, but they have changed in the past
too. There were actually years when bowl games didn't
even count towards voting for a national champion and
Notre Dame relished their Independence. In the 1930s
when the televised football craze first hit America
Notre Dame in short raped everyone to get what they
still do today without having to share the money. Some
aspects will remain constant...taxes, death, roaches
and ND will always keep the football money for themselves.
And it is clueless to believe NBC will not renew their
contract with Notre Dame. This is the same network that
spent billions just to have the sole Olympic rights
knowing full well they may only break even at best.
biggest defense of why adding Notre Dame to all sports
but football was a good move has to do with that television
money issue. The same issue that has put West Virginia
in the Big 12, Nebraska in the Big Ten, Colorado in
the Pac 12, etc., etc. One aspect the ACC is counting
on involved a severe case of overestimating what the
value ND football currently is worth. The Big Ten Network
alone has surpassed the payout for Notre Dame's sacrosanct
contract with NBC. Television revenue at most conferences
is rapidly accelerating while at Notre Dame it's staying
the same. Although still good, Notre Dame's television
ratings have been dwindling for several years. The Sun
Bowl ratings two years ago versus Miami didn't even
surpass the Liberty Bowl ratings on the same day that
pitted Georgia against UCF.
is the issue that no one seems to be discussing when
it comes to these all mighty television dollars. Recall,
Texas talked to the ACC just recently about joining
the ACC as a full-time member along with Oklahoma, Oklahoma
State and Texas Tech. One of the dividing points at
hand was The Longhorn Network (LHN), a corporate television
network set up exclusively to broadcast University of
Texas sporting events, which in turn is backed financially
by ESPN. The ACC stance was "no special treatment
for any member". While the ACC encourages any of
its member institutions to start their own network,
all revenue earned would have to be shared among all
12 of its members. Not only has Notre Dame been given
special treatment and special rules to follow by becoming
a member of the ACC, the issue of a similar Notre Dame
Network the Irish have been working on for the last
few seasons has never been mentioned. Allowing Notre
Dame to gain access to the ACC's bowl tie-ins while
getting to keep their Tier 3 network earnings would
go down as a complete failure on Swofford's watch as
he just turned down a significantly better deal with
Texas and the Big 12 that was going to earn the ACC
more money while giving up less control.
really at the heart of the matter? That the league would
offer this package to anyone is a slap in the face to
every ACC team. C'mon man! The ACC just told a brand
new member they can come in and set their own rules.
That they can join in every sport except the one that
would bring in the most money. That they only have to
play so many games. That they can take a conference
bowl slot and the money that goes with it. If longtime
member Clemson asks for that deal they get laughed at
as the door hits them on the way out.
football has become irrelevant. The basketball product
is slowly becoming irrelevant too when compared to the
glory days of not so long ago outside of obviously Duke
and North Carolina. ACC expansion has not worked up
to this point. Not even close. This recent degrading
move was made to save a sinking ship where FSU and/or
Clemson was sure to bail. Hence the new astronomical
exit fee of $50 million for any member wishing to leave
the ACC. If adding Notre Dame is such a great deal,
then why the need to punish harshly those that wish
to leave? Maybe the Irish demanded the assurance.
Notre Dame has seemingly offered to the ACC is nothing
more than a fake ideology entailing prestige and image
hiding the truth that Notre Dame football has become
mediocre at best. Maybe the ACC has not won a BCS bowl
game in quite some time. The last time Notre Dame won
a BCS bowl game? Well...never.
ACC apparently cares more about Notre Dame than it cares
about any other team in this league. And Notre Dame
continues to step on others to get what they want with
only empty promises of riches that are not on paper
as opposed to the ones the Irish just received.
these same promises really worked out well for the Big
East didn't they?