The Bishin Cutter wrote:
FSU lost its administrative ACC apologist, and I doubt the faculty will sway the boosters and other administrators who know the SEC will fetch them everything they always thought they were worth. The ACC needs a network, like, yesterday.
Correct me if I'm wrong but, I thought the ACC sold all of its 3rd party rights to ESPN when they renegotiated their contract a few years back.
IMO ESPN doesn't want another channel (its still rolling out the LHN and the SECN) and even if they did start one for the ACC I'm not sure how the ACC expects any money from said channel (unless ESPN said if we make a channel we can renegotiate, then I really dont understand why ESPN would do it) when it no longer owns its rights (ESPN bought UT and the SEC's separate from their other TV deal's for 1st/2nd tier rights).
Yeah, Swofford went and sold them, which brought on that speculation that FSU was going to the Big XII, as well as Swofford needing to "court" FSU and one of the Virginia schools when the GoR came around, because they didn't like the money or care for the way the business was conducted. The understanding was, IIRC, that the content was a gesture of good faith for a better, assumed future stand-alone network. As of now, this is what they've got
. No word on that "stand-alone" thing yet.
Clearly, ESPN is driving this ship, and the ACC commissioner did what he had to do to keep the properties in place. The longer this thing goes without that stand-alone product, the more ground some of these schools have to go after the conference, but just ask Maryland how that's going for them, be they in the right or not.