ACC adds stability with grant of rights
The Atlantic Coast Conference presidents agreed for the league to retain media rights for a school that leaves the conference.
The league said Monday that each of the current and future schools signed the deal, which is effective immediately.
The grant of rights would appear to make the league more stable by essentially locking all 15 schools into the ACC through the length of a TV deal, including eventual new arrivals Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Louisville. Awarding control of those TV rights, and the money that comes with them, to the league means that a school would have to leave its TV rights behind if it chose to go elsewhere.
Those rights would stay with the ACC, meaning the departing school wouldn’t bring any added TV value to a new league’s broadcast package. The ACC is the fourth major conference to approve a grant of TV rights, joining the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.
The move, first reported by The ACC Sports Journal, would be a promising sign of stability for the ACC, which had been besieged by rumors that some of its highest-profile members might consider following Maryland out the door and jumping leagues. Its existing TV deal with ESPN runs through the 2026-27 season.
The league will add Pittsburgh and Syracuse in all sports this summer, while Notre Dame will join in all league sports except football and hockey. Louisville – which won the NCAA men’s title, reached the NCAA women’s final and won the Sugar Bowl this season – will replace Maryland in 2014.