Dennis Dodd's recent column (http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/dennis-dodd/21415170/sourc...) focused on Notre Dame moving from the Big East to the ACC, but also dropped some interesting realignment info from his source(s).
There is no current "list" of expansion candidates to be taken in the near future by the Big Ten
OK, but how long does such a list take to make? I've heard/read before that the Big Ten presidents have (and for a while) a list of pre-approved schools. Making the list is almost half the hassle of grocery shopping.
Swarbrick was the second source in two days to say that the ACC will eventually be making more money per school than the Big 12.
Is that the current Big 12 at ten teams and no championship game, or does that include a projection of the revenue an expanded Big 12 would make? It reads like the former.
One source said the ACC is in the process of monetizing its soon-to-be lucrative digital network located in Charlotte, N.C. Industry sources are split on whether the ACC can do a full-on network similar to the Big Ten that would be able to throw off profit in a relatively short period of time.
BUFFERING. An ACC network would be a strong move to help preserve the league. The B1G can hand a winning lotto ticket to any school it wants, and when the SEC's Project X launches, it too will be able to make it rain. I'm not sure what the ACC could distribute on its network since ESPN owns the rights to almost everything valuable for the foreseeable future (http://www.theacc.com/genrel/050912aaa.html). However, if a lucrative network is possible, the league needs it to keep pace in the arms race.
Duke's AD Kevin White spoke about the an ACC network, among other topics in a very informative interview (http://blogs.newsobserver.com/dukenow/duke-ad-kevin-white-on-expansion-l...).
John Swofford mentioned on the conference call that it's "sexy" for the leagues to have their own TV networks. Do you think that’s something to ACC should pursue?
"We are pursuing it and taking a good hard look at it. I don’t know how it will play out, but we are in the early stages of that. It's an interest area of mine, it's an interest area of (Duke associate AD) Jon (Jackson's), so we are working on that at Duke as well just to be a good partner with the ACC. I'd love to see us do a really deep dive and explore the possibility of whether that makes sense for the ACC.
"You bring in another really strong, this is an expression I use in my class, another really strong intercollegiate franchise, you have an opportunity to do creative things like create channels and networks. I think Louisville gives us the potential to that in another market."