April 23, 2013

ACCpocalypse, Averted

Huge news on the REALIGNMAGEDDON front yesterday, as fans of the ACC can finally relax a little bit with the conference's 15 members (including Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Louisville and excluding Maryland) announcing a Grant of Media Rights.

Here is the announcement:

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.

"This announcement further highlights the continued solidarity and commitment by our member institutions," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The Council of Presidents has shown tremendous leadership in insuring the ACC is extremely well positioned with unlimited potential."

"The ACC has long been a leader in intercollegiate athletics, both academically and athletically," said the collective ACC Council of Presidents. "Collectively, we all agree the grant of rights further positions the ACC and its current and future member schools as one of the nation's premier conferences."

The ACC's current and future 15-member institutions include:
Boston College
Clemson University
Duke University
Florida State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Louisville
University of Miami
University of North Carolina
North Carolina State University
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
Syracuse University
University of Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Wake Forest University

About the Atlantic Coast Conference:
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 60th year of competition, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 127 national championships, including 67 in women’s competition and 60 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 146 times in men’s competition and 102 times in women’s action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

What does a Grant of Media Rights mean for the conference?  Well, in a nutshell, it means the ACC is now protected from seeing other leagues - the Big Ten and Big XII, specifically - poach its teams.  For the next few decades, no teams will be able to leave the ACC without sacrificing their media rights, hence giving those schools no value to the leagues looking to expand.  So in essence, the ACC has effectively circled its wagons!

The wagon on fire is Wake Forest.

Read more about the Grant and its implications on SI.com, HERE and here:

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