Based on email, Twitter and old-fashioned conversation, here are frequently asked questions about Notre Dame joining the ACC for sports other than football.
How does Notre Dame affect the television contract with ESPN the conference announced in May?
Commissioner John Swofford said renegotiation has started and that the league projects added value. He declined to speculate on how much.
The 15-year ACC-ESPN deal was originally worth approximately $3.6 billion, or about $17 million annually for each of the conference’s 14 full-time members. Home football games against the Fighting Irish – five every two years – plus Notre Dame’s basketball presence will create the new revenue.
The Irish and their television partner, NBC, will retain rights to their home football games against the ACC, also five every two years.
When will Notre Dame begin playing five ACC teams each football season, and has the rotation of those games been determined?
The Irish hope to start in 2014, the season college football adopts its four-team playoff. And no, the rotation, which will include all 14 full ACC members, has not been set.
One hunch: Virginia Tech will play Notre Dame sooner rather than later to give Frank Beamer the opportunity to coach against the Irish before retiring.
In 25-plus seasons at his alma mater, Beamer has faced Southern California, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, LSU, Alabama, Miami, Florida State and Michigan. The most prominent absences are Notre Dame and Ohio State – the Buckeyes and Hokies are contracted to play in 2014 and ’15.
With Notre Dame eligible to represent the ACC in bowls other than the Orange and playoff games, how will the Irish share in conference bowl revenue?
Notre Dame will receive one-fifteenth of the league’s money from those secondary bowls. For example, the ACC’s most recent federal tax return available, for fiscal 2010-11, showed $36.7 million in bowl revenue, approximately $20 million of which came from the BCS.
So in that case, Notre Dame’s take would have been one-fifteenth of $16.7 million, or just north of $1 million.
Keep in mind, however, that having Notre Dame in its secondary bowl pool should allow the ACC to land more lucrative postseason tie-ins.
Regardless, this revenue is hardly game-changing for either party.
Could Notre Dame knock my favorite ACC team down a rung on the bowl ladder?
If the Irish are ranked higher or are within one victory, yes. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see a clause that prohibits such a scenario if the ACC team defeated Notre Dame during the regular season.
When will Notre Dame join for sports other than football?
The Irish prefer 2013-14, but Big East bylaws require 27 months’ notice before departing. As with the impending moves of Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East to the ACC, expect negotiations for an early withdrawal.
When does the ACC’s new $50-million exit free take effect and does it apply to Notre Dame?
Immediately and yes.