If you’re a Florida State Seminoles fan that has still been holding out hope of a move to the Big 12 Conference eventually, you’re not going to like this. If you’re a Virginia Tech Hokies fan that has been buying in to the small rumors of interest in a move to the SEC, you too are also not going to like this. Basically, if you’re a fan of college sports realignment altogether, then chances are you are not going to like what you’re about to see.
As first reported by David Glenn of the ACC Sports Journal, the conference will shortly announce a Grant of Media Rights between the conference and the 15 schools currently in its possession. On the heels of losing long-time member, the Maryland Terrapins, to the Big Ten, this is a major move for the conference in regards to keeping intact what they have now.
Without getting too technical for anyone, here’s basically what all of this translates to.
While schools are indeed still free to move to another conference, should they choose to do so, their media revenue would still be granted to the conference from which they came for the extent of the media deal. In the ACC’s case, their media deal with ESPN runs through 2026-2027.
Example: Should Florida State decide they want to join another conference, all of their TV revenue would still be granted to the ACC through the 2026-2027 season. It’s basically that simple.
What is also simple is that realignment is over for the ACC because no party involved would in their right mind agree to such an arrangement.
This deal was said to be voted on unanimously by all the conference’s presidents. This is a clear indication that they do not want another Maryland situation happening ever again.