"This no more resembles that than something unlike something else resembles that." - Loosely quoting PHNC
I am also pretty sure that ESPN does NOT want to lose the ACC altogether if the poop hits the fan in realignment, which I think is the only thing that makes this rumor somewhat believable. Them being willing to keep the contract payout the same.
Last edited by hokieball; Sat Apr 13 2013 at 08:20 AM.
bingo.....many teams involved in the many conference rumours waiting to see how the courts will rule.....in the favor of the team or the conference......Maryland is the test case. If Maryland wins out and pays very little or 1/2 of ACC demand......look for many schools to start testing the waters in other conferences..... the power conferences will try to cherry pick name schools flush with tv cash opportunities, tradition & name recognition, large television markets, and would add notoriety to their conference (perhaps bringing in others ) for ex the BIGs love affair with UNC (thinking it could bring along Duke).
If the exit fee is reduced to $25-$26 Million, then I see no school interested in leaving the ACC unless the new ESPN + Notre Dame is over $10 Million less per school per year compared to the Big 10 and SEC. Even then, the question needs to be asked, "Will the BTN and SECN continue to be a cash cow 5 years down the road or will new technology and à la carte television viewing decrease projected per school earnings?"
A $50-$52 Million exit fee will almost certainly prevent any school from leaving the ACC. The Big 12 won't go after any ACC schools. The Big 10 and SEC may have to look west to the Big 12 if they want to go to 16. Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma are very attractive. The Big 10 may even go after UConn. Of course the Big 10 or SEC could pay a large sum of the ACC exit fee but that seems unlikely. I would expect the state of Maryland to sue the ACC again. Maybe they will take it to a higher court? $52 Million is a lot of loot, even in 2013.