In a few years when Florida State fans, boosters and probably their board of trustees complain that the TV money from the ACC Network isn’t enough/keeping up with the SEC (because we all, damn well know they will be first in line to complain), we can all remind them that they were the ones leading the charge to leave the money on the table to keep their extra non-con game.
Not that they will care or even accept any blame.
As mentioned yesterday, it seems ESPN relented from their demand for better content from the football side as part of the deal for the ACC Network. Either 9 conference games plus 1 Power 5 conference opponent in the non-con (9+1) or 8 conference games plus 2 Power 5 conference opponents in the non-con (8+2).
As the reality for the majority of programs set in regarding the likelihood of being able to get 2 P5 opponents on the schedule every year was being realized, the consensus was building towards 9+1. Add in the fact that it would mean facing teams from the other division once every 3 years rather than 6, and it made a lot more sense.
Then ESPN tossed them a lifeline — for a price.
Had the ACC decided to adopt one of the two proposals – either the eight-plus-two or the nine-plus-one — it would have received more money from ESPN when the ACC Network launches in three years. How much more is uncertain, though the league’s decision will cost it some amount of revenue.
Both Cunningham and Radakovich downplayed the potential financial loss.
“Those were big numbers,” Radakovich said, “and when you break it down after shares and division of the dollars within the league, it was not anything that would move the needle.”
The money in question is reportedly $500,000 per school per year when the contract goes into effect in 2019. In other words the conference left $7,000,000 on the table so that FSU and Clemson can get their 7th home game. A clear money maker for them, but not good for the programs with significantly smaller stadiums and/or struggles to fill the stadiums. All to keep FSU and Clemson from complaining for a few more years.