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ACC, ESPN agree to new television contract

ACC teams will receive substantially more money starting in fall 2011, when a new television contract with ESPN takes effect. Check out Zach Berman's story here.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 8, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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So if I read this right, if the ACC adds teams, something that could be driven by further Big Ten expansion, the ACC can add teams too, but NOT get more money.

Let's say that the Big Ten is serious about getting a better hold on the NY market for its TV network. It goes after Rutgers and Pitt. The conference expansion process reignites. The ACC can't add teams unless it is willing to divide the existing deal among more schools. Not good.

Posted by: petecard | July 9, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

gotta agree with Pete on this. More money - great. decreased flexibility - not good. However, it does point to the decreased likelihood of a change to the ACC driven by the ACC as a whole (little chance of expansion). What is not clear is whether this deal will serve to make the existing schools more sticky - would some of the more southern schools benefit from defecting to the SEC? From what I've read, they definitely could. How much revenue per school is projected for the (Michigan) B10?

btw - I went by the Comcast center and saw JWill and Big Berend playing some pick-up. Berend is quicker than I thought he would be with great hands and was really pushing JWill. At a minimum, his impact will be to improve JWill's game; reality - will be surprised if he does not earn quality minutes on the court. Certainly better than Fofana, Mardesich, Bowers and a whole host of stiffs that have come through CP. Hope to see him elevate his game to the Jamar Smith or Randle/Holden level. But JWill is a beast and on him our fortunes rest. The Dutchman has skills and can move (when a 6'10" kid who can play shows up for some pick-up with the kids on your team and signs a commit a few days later, you might just be heading into a great season). Some kids who were watching told me that they show up to see a daily surprise out of him. The surprise for me was how well he was finishing around the basket - we knew he did not score much and I think JP pointed out that perhaps the reason was b/c he did not have decent PGs at Juco - he mentioned how the guards were getting him the ball in the right spots during the intro articles. Am comfortable that the kid will produce in the ACC based on the little I saw. The kids also mentioned that Burney was playing pick-up a lot with the team so maybe we get a big man for free if he decides to go for his Masters. I forgot to ask about Goins. Oh yeah, and I saw some killer moves in the paint by JP.

So - JW + BW + JP + AP (probably) + Burney (unlikely) + Goins (who knows?) gives us 3 bigs for sure, likely 4. It still begs the question: "What did Steve Goins have for lunch last Thursday?"

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | July 9, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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