You seem to be stuck in the present tense. What I see here is an ND admission that their independent world is crumbling and they need a landing to stay relevant. Moving forward NBC will become less likely to reup the TV deal for ND alone when other networks are carrying blockbuster match-ups week in week out. ND won't be locked out, but their ability to schedule big name opps will be severly crippled, because conferences will be busy playing with themselves and will not be willing to schedule around to meet ND's needs. This move means ND has realized that the NBC contract is losing value and the difficultly to schedule a game with desired opps. The ACC offers them the relevancy that is fading away for ND; and this is why they will eventually be a full member. This may be heresy to say, but the NBC has probably already starting considering dropping ND contract in 2015; it is only a few games and there are bigger meals out there. Loyalty in the last decade means nothing anymore; it is all about more money. I wouldn't be surprised if NBC told ND this and that they are planning to pursue the ACC for a bigger package deal.
QUOTE=Benhokio;445506]I sincerely hope you are right but I doubt it. What incentive does Notre Dame have for joining the ACC in football with this deal in place? You get to participate in the ACC's olympic sports, keep the NBC contract, gain access to the ACC's bowls AND schedule 7 traditional rivalry games a year. This deal actually makes it less likely that Notre Dame joins as a full member. The only way I see full membership is if independents are somehow locked out of the playoff.[/QUOTE]