So much for the Alliance.
The strategic partnership formed last August between three of the Power Five conferences – the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 – is essentially dead 10 months later.
On Thursday, reports surfaced that the Big Ten plans to pick USC and UCLA of the Pac-12 as early as 2024 in a stunning move that is expected to shake up the current landscape of college athletics. Jon Wilner of Mercury News first reported the news.
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The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 formed the Alliance in part in hopes of preventing conferences from stripping its members. Their partnership came together just a month after the SEC announced the pending additions of Big 12 powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma to its conference.
How breaking news affects the state of Florida and the ACC is worth following.
The unpredictable rescheduling of the arms race appears to leave nothing off the table.
The Pac-12 entitlement grant contract will expire after the 2023-24 academic year, meaning USC and UCLA can join another conference without incurring a financial penalty.
The Big Ten is currently negotiating a new TV deal that kicks off next fall and could reportedly be worth more than $1 billion.
In 2016, the ACC and ESPN agreed to a 20-year TV deal and rights extension that runs through 2036. The $240 million contract means ACC members can pay a heavy price for early retirement. leaving the conference.
The earning potential associated with joining the SEC or Big Ten could end up being too lucrative to turn down.
Navigate, a data analytics firm, estimated in March that the average payout split for the SEC ($117.8 million) and Big Ten ($101.1 million) would nearly double that number for the Pac-12 ($62.2 million). ), ACC ($61.5 million) and the Big-12 ($57.5 million) by 2029. Those figures were also released without the knowledge of USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten.
FCS, Group of Five and HBCU programs may also be affected by this news.
“The rescheduling of conferences is something every school needs to watch and watch closely because it will affect all of us, not just HBCUs and other FCS programs,” Florida A&M head football coach Willie Simmons told the Democrat .
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Below is a national response to the news and how it affects the FSU and the ACC.
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