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This is a little dated, but interesting nevertheless.
The ACC has formed a committee of athletic directors and hired Wasserman Media Group to explore the financial benefits of launching its own conference network. While its media rights are tied up with ESPN for the next 15 years, that hasnt stopped the conference from beginning the process of d
I believe it. So 4 out of the 5 major conferences will have their own network. The one that will not will slowly become one of the other conferences. At least that is my opinion.
Espn ALREADY owns acc's tier 3 inventory. What could they possibly put on a channel that would add value to the SCHOOLS?
The ACC isn't getting their own network
9 and 4 at Texas sucks!
- Jeff Howe
X2. They'll be lucky to be alive in a years time.
The only way is to buy Raycom since they own all Tier 3 material.
THIS. The only reason they would seriously consider it is for stability. They're still unstable despite stealing teams from the Big East. Another strike from the B1G or the SEC getting involved will put an end to the ACC.
I will say up front this is just guess work on my part here and my opinion is no worse or better than anyone else on here. But I see two key items coming over the course of the next decade:
1) The playoff system is (probably already has to some small degree) going to change the importance of being in a powerful conference. I do not believe for one second the playoff system will stay at 4 schools. Now that they have gone down this road, the fans/media/networks are going to force them to expand over the 4 team playoff. Related to this point is this selection committee will certainly give preference to the champions of the major conferences who have a championship game. Why because having a conference championship game is one way to de facto expand the playoff system.
2) The federal government (i.e., the FCC) is going to start taking hard stances on networks such as espn forcing everyone to pay for an individual channel that benefits only a few. In other words the FCC is slowly going to force the espn's and whatnot to offer these conference networks (and by the way the LHN) on a completely a la carte basis. In fact the FCC has already made several comments especially at sports programming on this topic. So this will mean that to do a network on a a la carte basis, they better have a very large subscriber base to make it pay for itself and return an acceptable return. I haven't studied the numbers, but I am betting on this basis the LHN is going to be challenged in terms of espn's making money on it in this fashion. But having a challenge for an entire conference that expands many geographic areas, that i think will work money wise in the a la carte model.
These two things tell me that a school (any and every school including the glorious Notre Dame) better be part of a powerful conference and that conference will have its own network.
Those may be valid points re the FCC. Sounds plausible anyways. Where we disagree is in the likelihood that ESPN gives back those rights (tier 3) to the ACC so they can have a network.
Networks need many things to be profitable but first and foremost they need inventory. ESPN has already paid for this. If they did form a network and broadcast that inventory, ESPN would be receiving the checks. How is that a benefit to the ACC or its member schools?
yeah, understand. and i will say i don't know any of the details of the current contract between the ACC and espn. i guess i am just assuming whatever those details are, at some point the current contract has a end date and after that date the ACC will then be able to start a network if they want and get the networks to bid on it. now whether it will make them incremental $$$s over just giving espn each of the school's Tier 3 rights might be questionable.
but i do believe based on what is going on with the whole playoff system and the FCC, someone like ourselves better be in a powerful conference that can bargain for the entire conference's Tier 3 rights.
They just extended their contract a few months ago and it goes through 2026. Here's an article from FORBES about it...http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2012/05/09/did-acc-teams-get-ripped-off-with-new-espn-tv-contract/
There isn't any transparency regarding the ACC's media rights. The conference brass are the only ones that know the exact details and most of the member schools are in the dark as well. That's been one of many problems causing uncertainty and instability.
The Big12 is not in the same position as the SEC or the Big10. We never will be. There just isn't enough people in our area but our system works well enough for the big brands (UT, KU & ou) to stick around.
I'd love to go to the SEC, but if that doesn't happen, the Big12, without losing the other 2 dominant brands, is our best shot. Hopefully we can add some quality programs to bolster our group!
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