Re: College Football Realignment
Per ESPN and others, it looks like the Pac is about to be the Pac-16, bringing in Texas and Texas Tech. The Longhorn Network will survive, but on terms the conference can live with.
As for the ACC, I read somewhere -- and I have no idea if this is all true -- that the ACC thinks the ESPN/ABC/Fox etc. network revenue stream is close to maxed out. So instead of basing everything on increasing those contracts, their first priority was to land the knockout punch on the Big East, to make sure the ACC is the one getting the seat at the big table for whatever comes next. A little short-term pain for the sake of long-term gain. They're also looking at an equivalent of the Big Ten Network, which is a per-subscriber revenue model, and they just added 45 million people to the ACC home-state footprint.
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