SportsPolitico blog article discussing "possible" reasons why the ACC sponsored FB Champ game deregulation proposal was recently defeated.Link at http://sportspolitico.com/2016/01/20/is ... he-big-ten
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Freaked, good job in posting the above. It certainly pulls together much of what has already been said.
When that NCAA ruling came out, it surprised many. Folks forgot or did not know it was the ACC that presented the original proposal to deregulate CCGs' and divisional requirements. The B12 piggybacked on this due to their own issues with getting positioned better following the first 4-team playoff selection process, and do so without expanding membership if they so choose.
The feud between the B1G and the ACC has roots beyond the focus on competition for the northeast corridor. The B1G hated that the ACC gave membership to Notre Dame, particularly without being a full football member. It considerably shifted the blame for the move from Notre Dame to the ACC. The ACC giving Maryland such difficulty in negotiating the financial terms for leaving was another sore point. The ACC's opposition to B1G-favored satellite camps for recruiting was not appreciated.
The SEC collaborating with the B12 concerning the creation of the Champion's Bowl was a big slight to the ACC. Both the B1G and the SEC don't want divisions deregulated. But they made the exception for the B12 to play round-robin with ten members.
Maybe the B1G and SEC were showing the B12 some kindness after the 2010-13 period extractions. I believe it is more about TV executives also being involved, and the B12 is not a particular target for further expansion by the SEC and B1G. Beyond the GoR, the remaining few attractive schools in the B12 are complicated given certain associations/sister schools in the conference, plus matters such as the LHN. It's the PAC12 (who abstained on the vote) that may have the greater interest in the future of the B12.
The ACC's leadership has not cultivated broader allies. Will Swofford be able to fix this? Their negotiations for an ACC network have gone poorly, so far, with ESPN.
I still believe the SEC and the B1G are each aiming for 16 eventually. The B1G wants Notre Dame for #15 or #16. That is still their goal. The SEC wants UNC (maybe NCSU as a fallback) with another from the UVA, Duke, or VPI mix. I would not be surprised if the B1G and the SEC are found to be secretly collaborating about this.
It'll take awhile, but financial disparity can force movement quicker than anticipated.
I agree with you LouisvilleCard01.
It is hard to fill sorry for the ACC which basically started the modern raiding wars taking out the former BCS Big East league.
Power conference are only looking out for themselves and will only help another league if there are benefits.
The Pac 12 most likely did not vote for the deregulation of the CCG since there were no benefits to that league.
The ACC issues are factored into basketball orientation when football has been driving the financial train for the last 20 plus years.
It did not help the ACC perception for what ever political reasoning to avoid taking West Virginia which arguably had the most recent football or BCS success in the last decade over the more basketball traditional schools such as Syracuse.
You can forgive the first ACC raid of mistakenly taking Boston College which is located in a pro NFL market. This first raid appeared at the time to be good for TV rights and payouts when Miami was good in football.
The perception would have been worse if the state of Virginia had not forced football orientated school of Virginia Tech over Syracuse.
When the Pac 12 was trying to become the Pac 16, the ACC once again panicked and expanded with Syracuse and Pitt over better football schools taking the old Big East approach to expansion.
Once the Pac 16 plan failed, the SEC backed off on taking Clemson and Florida State for 16, the ACC was stuck with two more basketball type schools.
Before anyone objects, ESPN reported at the time of the Pac 16 plan, the SEC was ready to expand with Missouri, Florida State, Clemson, and Texas A&M if A&M would join the SEC over the Pac 16.
Adding Notre Dame as a partial member was so old Big Eastishes, it just had perception issues written all over it as a power league for football.
Less recap, the ACC potential conference network which has to be started by ESPN would overlap Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky markets of the SEC network leaving only North Carolina and Virginia as the only true southern football markets not covered by the SEC network.
Maryland is long gone to the Big Ten and Pitt is overshadowed by Penn State of the BTN.
This leaves Syracuse and Boston College as the other markets that really do not care much about college football.
Replays of college football games are a good souce of filler for these conference networks during the off season.
Any wonder ESPN has not helped the ACC lauch a network. It is not personal and just business or more likely college football business.