Originally Posted by WVRed
I thought the Big 12 was waiting to see what happened with the Maryland lawsuit. If anything, this move was a precaution to Maryland winning and not having to pay the buyout and the other schools becoming defacto free agents.
That was what I thought last summer. The recent speculation, though, said the Big 12 wasn't going to move unless the other leagues gutted the ACC first.
But yes, I fully understand why the ACC wanted the GoR, and why ESPN was insisting on it before getting serious about discussions for more money/ACC Network etc. From what I've read, most every other school would have signed the GoR long ago. FSU has been the holdout. FSU giving in to the GoR tells me it either loves the potential of the ACC Network enough to bet on it, or they just didn't have anywhere else to go. (Or both.) And since the league will make considerably more going forward with the GoR-based deal than without it, there was a substantial cost to continuing the holdout.
Having said that, I would love to have been a fly on the wall to know how far those FSU/B1G discussions actually went.