ACC Schools Are Now at Critical Crossroads

College football is in the midst of a major shift.

For years, there have been five power conferences, but when Texas and Oklahoma announced a move to the SEC last summer, things were set in motion. No way the B1G was going stand pat and risk the SEC overtaking the sport and on Thursday the league made its move, adding USC and UCLA.

However, this is just the beginning. More movement is coming and the question for Clemson fans is what happens to the ACC? B1G and SEC teams are one the verge of raking in upwards of $100M in revenue each season, while ACC teams bring in less than $40M. ACC teams aren’t expected to even hit the $60M mark until 2029.

While some might think it’s as easy as Clemson or any other ACC member to just up and leave, the Grant of Rights makes that difficult. Any team that leaves would owe not only an exit fee but also owe all television revenue, even any paid by a different conference, to the ACC through the year 2036.

The question then becomes, how binding is that agreement? Is there any way to get out of it? Now is the time to find out. Hopefully someone steps up and challenges this thing, because the ACC can not survive under the current television deal.

Who’s to say that when playoff expansion finally gets here that it isn’t catered to the two new super conferences, not allowing teams from other leagues any real access. Ask Cincinnati or UCF how hard it is to get a spot as a member of a non-power conference and the way this thing is headed, the ACC will be nothing more than a glorified G5 league in the not-so-distant future.

On the final episode of The Packer and Durham Show on Friday, Mark Packer weighed in.

“There are a trillion rumors and that is what they are at this time but you can’t dismiss a week ago if we had said UCLA and USC they want out well that is not going to happen. The difference there and what this league has is that UCLA and USC’s grant of media rights were coming to an end. So there is no penalty to leave. The grant of the media rights that is currently in existence for the ACC gives you the fortress of we are all in this together.  Which means basically if you don’t understand what we are talking about that if school X of the ACC decided that hey I am going to go join the SEC or the Big Ten or whatever I am out of here. Your media rights between now and 2035-36 belong in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  So all of the money that you are making with that guy over there the league (ACC) keeps.”

“It is going to be a critical time in my opinion in terms of the stability of the league. This is where the leadership of not only Jim Phillips but also the Presidents and the AD’s to say hey listen are we going to stay together with this thing because you know from a rating perspective if you are the Big Ten and you are the SEC and you are looking around saying game is on for the ‘super conference’, to go back to my comments where there will be 40 to 50 teams, which I have been saying for so long. We are on the fast track.”

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