"You start a conversation you can't even finish it
You're talkin' a lot, but you're not sayin' anything
When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed
Say something once, why say it again?"
- David Byrne
I don't think that the ACC should be held hostage. The 14 member scheduling is not good. 16 member scheduling is better. The ACC needs to launch this network and analyze whether it makes sense to go past 16 in the future. If it does look like the trend that Gordon Gee talked about (18 to 20 members in conferences), then the ACC can go ahead and get to 16 football with Notre Dame at 17. But we need to get this network going first to pay for it.
If the ACC sees a team they want to add, they should just go ahead and do it. Otherwise, there is no need to add. Notre Dame is not joining the ACC unless a national tournament is created with conference champs ONLY. And I can't see that happening for an awfully long time, if ever.
ND isn't holding the ACC hostage (because they can still add who they chose). If anything, they might be holding "potential school 16" hostage, as they might invest more if they were in the ACC rather than, say, the AAC. But on the other hand, they don't have anywhere better to go it appears.
As for 16, I've thought about that too. With existing GORs in place, only a few schools are somewhat attractive from the AAC like UConn, Cincinnati, and maybe USF. If Cincinnati could expand their footprint beyond southwest Ohio and maybe get into the Columbus and Cleveland markets, then they would be a nice addition. The problem is Columbus is the home of The Ohio State University and people in Cleveland hate everything Cincinnati. UConn gives the ACC another team for NYC viewers to follow since southwestern Connecticut is in the NYC TV market. UConn/Syracuse would bring good ratings for men's hoops in NYC. Connecticut with its 3.6 million population has more residents than other BCS school states like Iowa, Utah, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Some "hope" that Texas joins the ACC or even 4 Big 12 schools, but that is more unrealistic than UConn or Cincinnati or even WVU.