Originally Posted by Boston Red
It's effective immediately.
April 22, 2013
Greensboro, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents announced today that each of the current and future 15-member institutions has signed a grant of media rights, effective immediately.
I really cannot believe that schools like FSU and Clemson are linking themselves to the fifth best conference when they know what their direct competitors are going to be able to make in B1G, SEC, and to a lesser extent Big 12 and PAC. They have already (arguably) sold everything they've got and are scheduled to make at least 7-8 mil less than Big 12 (and that doesn't even include Big 12 Tier 3, which is an additional revenue stream). They are pretty much locking themselves in to a ship made of deadwood that is barely sea worthy.
I think this ensures a 3x20 future, as SEC will CRUSH anything an "ACC network" will produce, B1G is pretty much locked in unopposed in the midwest, and PAC is completely unopposed from Colorado west. By the time these GoR (both the Big 12 and ACC) run out those networks will be fully implemented and running at peak effectiveness. ACC and Big 12 will not be able to compete.
I personally expect (hope):
Texas, Oklahoma, and little brothers head west (KSU and Baylor also?).
WVU, TCU, Va Tech, UNC (or State) to SEC.
UVa, UNC (or Someone like Mizzou), Duke, Kansas, and others to B1G.
The scraps bind together to try and be a "best of the rest" conference. I don't see Big 12 or ACC being left in tact one or the other name will go on but it will look like the red headed step child with a mix-match of teams that don't really fit any of the big 3.