The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) raided the Big East in an attempt to improve its position during the conference realignment process. Today, the ACC reaped the benefits of its Machiavellian policy—a new rights deal with ESPN.

Details of the new media deal with ESPN were released by ESPN and the ACC today. Of course, the ESPN press release left off the most important point—the cash. According to a Tweet from John Ourand, “ESPN’s new ACC deal comes out to 15 years for $3.6 billion. That comes out to a whopping $17M per school.”

The ESPN deal includes football, basketball and other sports including Olympic and women’s events. Of course, football and basketball are the most important revenue elements. Clearly, the expansion of basketball games available for television and football games helped sweeten the pot.

“The conference’s planned increase to an 18-game conference men’s basketball schedule and the additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse will bring an increase of 30 conference men’s basketball games per year and two more conference tournament games,” according to the ESPN release. “In football, 14 more conference-controlled games will be televised each year. Per the extension, ESPN has the right to televise three Friday ACC football contests annually which will include a standing commitment from Boston College and Syracuse to each host one game as well as an afternoon or evening game on Thanksgiving Friday.”

The deal runs through 2026-2027.

What does this mean for the SEC?
This comes on the heels of a Broadcasting & Cable report that CBS was “getting substantial price increases for its Southeastern Conference schedule” for the upcoming football season.

What is driving the demand? Sipmly put, the SEC’s brand dominance.

According to the report, “CBS’ SEC package has a limited number of high-rated games with top-ranked teams and the threat of a potential sellout is pushing agencies to do business now and pay CBS’ price.”

This type of demand following conference expansion and the SEC’s talks with ESPN and CBS should serve as another boost to the SEC’s negotiations. Couple this with the bounty just given to the ACC, the SEC stands to gain substantially thanks to Mike Slive’s expansion with Missouri and Texas A&M

10 thoughts on “Conference expansion paid off for the ACC; What looms for the SEC?”

  1. I still believe the SEC will expand to 16, 18 or 20 teams before all is said and done. 8 or 9 teams in each Division with the looming prospect of a playoff system which would involve divisional and conference championships. I would love to see the SEC lure the following teams: FSU, Miami, Clemson and Georgia Tech for the East. For the West: add OU and OSU and move Mizzou back to the West where it should be.

  2. The SEC would invite a yankee school before inviting Miami. Clemson and FSU are more desirable, but add little to what the SEC already has. GT, adds even less that the previous two. If the SEC expands, I’d imaging they’d try to get into more markets–a North Carolina school or a Virginia school possibly. But the SEC loves tradition, and even being at 14 schools cuts into longstanding series. I think the SEC is already uncomfortable with 14. But A&M was too tempting to pass up.

  3. I hate that damn Barnturd Homer Scarbutt. But you guys have got to read his piece on rebuffing Big 10 Commish Bob Delaney for calling Alabama “That team”. It is awesome. I especially liked his idea of following Delaney into a Krystal and Tea Bagging him. Bwaa Haww Haww! Adios Michigan! RTR!

    1. How about worse than rape? Ahhh, it’s useless, you no show jagoff. Happy belated Mother’s Day. ya bitch.

  4. FBJ,

    You and I both know you pussed out on May 5. You’re right, it’s no use. You obviously soiled your panties when I rolled up with my attorney that day. However, he was only there to check for weapons, you waste of sperm. Can you not fight man to man (or in your case, shitbird)? I had already planned to put your ass through an obstacle course and instill some discipline into you after I kicked your pathetic ass. However, obviously you cannot be trusted to fight like a man.

    Internet rape? Seriously? No chick wants to play with some puny tater tot. If you have a human girlfriend, post a picture or shut your cock holster. I will make sure you fight me like a man one day, and you will show up without any help or weapons like some pussy. And shut your mouth with this, “You won’t lay a hand on me, shit.” You’ve obviously never played sports or been in a close combat situation before. Beach volleyball is not a manly sport, and rich trash is still trash, you racist punk ass bitch

    1. I would be very careful with those words of yours hotshot. You goddamn good and well know YOU are the faggot that didnt show. I have told you over and over to shut your fucking mouth and when I called your ass out, you BITCHED out. Get real with the lawyer shit…..that made my day. You want to step up to me in a threatening manner, you deal with how I respond to it. However I do it, it will damn sure be done right. As for for the racist shit, if you had any damn brains at all, the only thing I ever alluded to were stereotypes. I have black friends and they laughed their asses off at my post. In short, step up to me anytime you want….JUST SHOW THE FUCK UP THIS TIME!!!!!

  5. FBJ,


    Show some integrity dick munch. I NEVER threatened to sue you, dumb ass, and if you have African-American friends, they have no pride hanging with a dumb ass like you. We’re all laughing at you FBJ, We’re all laughing AT YOU!!! HAHAHAHAHA,,,,,HAHAHAHA,,,,HAHAHAHA, FBJ, the COWARD, is trying to be an Internet bully,,,HAHAHAHA,,,,,,HAHAHAHA, COWARD

    Dude, IF you would have shown up, I would have made a man out of you. However, you’re not going to continue to string me along anymore with all your cowardly bravado and empty promises. The fact that you “showed all your black friends” and “You have plenty of black friends” shows your heart, boy. Why make a point to show all your African-American friends?!

    We’re all laughing at you!!!!!

  6. BTW, just to clarify for the dumb ass, FBJ, my lawyer was there to frisk him and I had others in the area to make sure it was a fair fight. FBJ threatened to use a gun SEVERAL TIMES and said I would be dropped “before I laid a hand on him.” PUSSY is he for that AND for failure to show

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