ACC Grant of Rights Deal Could Thwart Big Ten Expansion Advances

April 22, 2013 at 1:53p    by Jason Priestas    
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Jim Delany doing paperwork. We see you, Gordon Gee.

According to a CBS Sports report, the ACC is expected to sign a unanimous Grant of Rights agreement among its 15 members.

ACC presidents are in the process of clearing this with their departments. The agreement will go to 2026-27, the duration of the league's contract with ESPN. The deal is not official just yet but, barring an unforseen snag, will be completed.

Unless a league member decides to go to litigation to escape this down the road, the ACC believes a Grant of Rights will protect it from conference realignment poachers.

In a Grant of Rights deal, a school essentially relinquishes all media rights to the conference for use in a pooled distribution model. Jim Delany covets North Carolina and perhaps a few other ACC schools, but not enough to accept them without media rights.

Bigger picture, this might mark the last we hear about major conference expansion for a good while. 

UPDATE: The ACC makes it official.

 


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dan_isaacs's picture

Smart.  Can't hate on good decisions.

Dan Isaacs

Mike Honcho's picture

Basically the B1G has to make a move now or never on ACC schools. Could be an interesting next few months. Real question is if this would hold up in court.

703Buckeye's picture

If the ACC schools sign off on it, it will hold up in court quite well. You are right though, the B1G will need to act fast if it wants more ACC schools.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Mike Honcho's picture

My next question would ask how many have to sign off on it to pass? Lets say FSU, UNC, and GT don't sign. Will it still be enacted?

703Buckeye's picture

That may depend on ACC guidelines as to what they consider a deciding majority. For instance, the B1G needs a simple majority to pass most things.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

AcrossTheField11's picture

If a school doesn't sign, they can't be held to this rule.  A simple majority of a group acting in their own personal interests can't be held up against a school that doesn't sign.  The decision to change conferences is too sweeping and effects so many areas of an academic institution.
Imagine if Maryland is going belly up because of revenue problems, and is going to have to start cutting research and sports teams.  They vote against this new rule, but 7 of the 12 ACC teams vote in favor... So Maryland is bound to the ACC until 2027???
No way this can work unless the decision is unanimous, IMO.  Won't hold up in court.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Bucksfan's picture

Delany: "I'll see you in hell, Costanza."

rdubs's picture

I don't know how all this stuff works, but I can't believe a university would sign over its media rights since that is the primary way they make money beyond donations and tuition.  Doesn't seem like a good idea regardless of the intent.

buckeyedude's picture

I agree. This is quite a gamble by the ACC commish. But maybe he felt he had no choice. He saw the writing on the wall. I guess he'll find out soon who is serious about that conference, and who is not. I know if I was the pres. of NC or FSU, I wouldn't sign that peice of paper. Probably time for them to bolt.

 

 

AJW_16's picture

Will be very interesting to see how the likes of UVA, GT, and FSU react. I seem to remember that Maryland voted against the $50 million exit fee, and that was definitely an indication on where they stood. With all of the rumors (many not confirmed, albeit) surrounding FSU, I would not be surprised to see them drag their feet on this.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

hetuck's picture

FSU voted against the exit fee as well. If Maryland prevails in their current legal battle because of this, FSU has the lever.
I agree, if the grant of rights agreement is passed, the ACC schools will be untouchable. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

FitzBuck's picture

I wonder if ND will be required to sign.  I'm guessing no.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

AJW_16's picture

No way in hell.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

Jason Priestas's picture

Per the ACC release, ND did sign, although it's safe to assume that does not include football rights. We'll have to wait for further details to shake out.

ATXbucknut's picture

Why does the "ACC release" link above link to the Unfunded site for that Buckeye documentary?

Hovenaut's picture

Irish holding their trump card.....

The door is still unclosed. However the dust settles on the ACC initiative, I'm still believing Delany and co. go after ND (again) and Texas.

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

4thandinches's picture

It seems like the ACC is going all in, forcing any team to leave now or never. I can't imagine why any university in the ACC would think this was a good thing. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

ATXbucknut's picture

If the GOR takes effect immediately, then B1G expansion is done for, say, the next decade at least.

RBuck's picture

Wow...this is huge.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Buckeyeneer's picture

According to insiders at Scout.com, the B1G didn't see this coming. He said that the real issue is not the GOR it's that these schools are willing to sign it, meaning that they have completely shifted their thinking.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Buckeyeneer's picture

This was a hail Mary that has been proposed before but was always rejected. That they agreed to sign it speaks volumes.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

lamplighter's picture

Interesting to think about how a court would view this down the road - given that AD's/etc change. 
What is the next move?  Texas?  What AAU schools are out there? Kansas, Iowa State?  Any chance that Mo would come over?

GoldenBearBuckeye's picture

No KU.
No Mizzou.
Triple No to Iowa State.

Hoody Wayes's picture

Many people proclaimed the ACC dead - prematurely.
So, what if the B1G grabbed Rutgers and Maryland? That was hardly the death knell for the ACC. UNC, VA, GT, Miami and FSU remained. This will be ND's conference, as ND fancies itself a "national" college football franchise, terrestrially-based in the mid-west and  - with it's ACC affiliation - hq'd in the east. Cashing independence in for membership in a conference with academic heavyweights like the Tarheels, Yellow Jackets and Cavaliers will assuage the Irish boosters. And ND gets BC, Navy and its rivals in the PAC. 
Jim Delany gets a mud-pack facial from ND...yet again.
 

FitzBuck's picture

Damn I really wanted the big ten to have two ten team divisions so the damn name would make sense again.  Damn. Did I say damn yet.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

buckskin's picture

Great way to protect themselves. Smart move.  I think Delany wanted some ACC schools mainly for two reasons 1. Expand our media (money) footprint (obvious).  2.  To weaken the ACC to the point that Notre Dame would join us and really strengthen the B1G. 
We get dissed by the hot chick again.  Try again in 5 years.

buckeyestu's picture

This is for not over yet, surely Delaney has an ace or two up to his sleeve.

buckeyedude's picture

My question is, does this jeopardize the the recent B1G agreements with Maryland and Rutgers, or is it only for future agreements if they sign this document?

 

 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Rutgers wasn't in the ACC.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

AcrossTheField11's picture

The problem is, part of our decision to nab Maryland was due to them being a contiguous geographic state to VA, and eventually NC.  
At least we got some TV screens. 

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.