Originally Posted by Saul Too
I wouldn't call the ACC dead just yet even if Rutgers and Maryland leave. Notre Dame just got a really sweet deal that let them remain independent in football (keep their deal with NBC) while having a home for their other sports and giving them guaranteed match ups for several football games.
I can think of another behemoth with their own network deal that might like to get in on that action.
You're right, perhaps UConn is enough to patch the ACC and nobody leaves. I still don't think "14" is where these conferences want to be, and the lure of the NC-VA market is too tempting when your network revenues are driven by subscription rates. I think this is how the B12 would like to see it fall out:
Maryland leaves and only has to pay around 10 million to do so.
FSU sees its opportunity and bolts to the B12.
VT and NC ST see the writing on the wall and go to the SEC.
UNC and UVA decide there is not much hope for the ACC and look to greener pastures as the last two members of the B1G
ND gets the hint, sees its options limited as an independent and goes full in on the B12
B12 has its pick to fill the final four slots, it it wants to from Miami, GTech, Clemson, Louisville, Duke, Pitt and Syracuse
The remnants cobble together with the BEAST to strike a more basketball centric NBC contract.