Were it not for the $50 million buyout I would agree. However, even ND will have a tough time affording that one. I think it is darn near inevitable at this point. This also likely mean that the next deal with NBC will not be nearly so lucrative. That is probably when this will happen.
You catch that new 50 million dollar ACC buy out? The new buy out and ND effectively kills any more impactful conference expansion.
So now we can't get out of the fifth best football conference and that's a good thing?
The ONLY way this is a win for VT is if ND joins for football. Everyone saying it will likely happen sounds a lot like all those Big East suckers who in the mid 2000's were holding onto the belief that it was only a matter of time before ND played football in the Big East.
Give it a few years to let rivalries between Notre Dame and ACC schools start to brew. My bet is that after a while, enthusiasm among their fan base for playing Michigan State, Navy and Stanford every year may start to wane in favor of games against VT, FSU and Clemson.