Maryland loses short term, wins long term.
Ultimately, yeah, I can get onboard with that. Over time, the money from the conference is going to pay for its immediate financial losses. It's just a question of how long is "long term."
I still paint them more the loser in this, though, and I don't think the ACC won, either. I thought Maryland had the better case for them, having voted against the increased buyout while questioning the core procedural schema, and having left soon after that increase. Maryland walks out paying more than it probably should have, imo, while also leaving no permanent damage to the ACC in terms of ESPN and other ACC school collusion, or any solid judgement on protocol. Will this outcome delay any attempts to resurrect the shuttered programs?
And, of course, there's the chance nobody from the core of the ACC, including Virginia, ever touches the Terps again, riling some fans and alumni to question what the move really was for, other than to make more money on paper. I still doubt if the move is going to be worthwhile culturally and even academically.
But, it's by no means a win for the ACC. Nearly two years later, they get, what, $8-10m more, a little over half what they claimed they were entitled to? So, what's the real buyout, if the ACC caved? Was suing really worth it, considering UMD could have been on board giving $20-25m had all things ended amicably? That procedural shift sure looks a bit more punitive now.
I just wonder if FSU (or any ACC school) can use this as the new defacto buyout number 30 million or ~2 years revenue distribution...
The GoR complicates that, as FSU did commit. For anyone other than FSU, I doubt the value comes down...because they voted for the increased buyout. Their leverage wouldn't be the same as Maryland's, I'd suspect.
If there's still a crack in the ACC dike, it's the network, or even that first look-in window. I really doubt ACC legal can withstand schools going after Swofford's lack of prowess in media negotiations. It was in good faith some of the schools were willing to take a bum deal like that...Swofford has to make good.