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ACC boss: The whole lot on desk amid realignment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — ACC commissioner Jim Phillips opened the league’s annual kickoff occasion Wednesday by saying he is exploring all obtainable choices to scale back the income hole with the SEC and Large Ten, however he argued the arms race in school soccer dangers doing vital harm to the faculty athletics as an entire.

“We aren’t the skilled ranks,” Phillips mentioned. “This isn’t the NFL or NBA gentle. We stay aggressive with each other, however this isn’t — and shouldn’t be — a winner-take-all or zero-sum construction. I’ll proceed to do what’s in one of the best curiosity of the ACC however may even advocate for faculty athletics to be a wholesome neighborhood, not two or three gated communities.”

The Large Ten’s addition of USC and UCLA from the Pac-12 comes lower than a 12 months after the SEC added Texas and Oklahoma from the Large 12, organising an obvious pattern towards two tremendous conferences that may far outpace everybody else in income.

The ACC took in a report $578 million in income in 2020-21, distributing about $36.1 million to every full member. Estimates of the Large Ten’s subsequent TV deal might lead to payouts greater than double that tally within the subsequent few years.

The ACC has prevented shedding any of its present members, nevertheless it additionally has discovered few avenues to scale back the income hole and stay aggressive financially with the SEC and Large Ten.

Phillips mentioned Wednesday the league continues to research pathways ahead — from growth, partnerships with the Pac-12, or shifting to an imbalanced income distribution mannequin that might present more cash to colleges extra invested in soccer.

“The whole lot is on the desk,” Phillips mentioned. “We’re our TV contract. We’re in engagement nearly day by day with our companions at ESPN. We have come collectively to have some discussions about what could be the following iteration for the ACC. It does not imply we’re not going to make a transfer, however all choices are on the desk.”

Phillips mentioned he is open to discussing altering the league’s income distribution mannequin — an choice a number of soccer powers have urged for the previous few years — however mentioned it is “not our first choice.”

Enlargement stays a risk, however a number of sources inside the convention have mentioned there merely is not one other faculty obtainable that may markedly enhance the ACC’s backside line — besides Notre Dame.

The Irish are presently partial members of the ACC in soccer and have a contract with the league saying that, in the event that they had been to relinquish independence, it might be for the ACC. Within the aftermath of the Large Ten’s addition of UCLA and USC (and the hefty new TV deal anticipated to return quickly), rumors have swirled that Notre Dame might as a substitute exit its cope with the ACC for more cash within the Large Ten.

Phillips mentioned he was doubtful Notre Dame would drop its impartial standing, nevertheless, and mentioned he stays inspired by the ACC’s relationship with the Irish.

“I do know what independence means to Notre Dame,” Phillips mentioned. “I do know that if there comes a time that Notre Dame would think about transferring to a convention and away from independence, I really feel actually good about it being the ACC.”

The flip facet of growth for the ACC may very well be groups selecting to depart, however the league’s present grant of rights — which cedes all media rights to the ACC — runs by means of 2036. Phillips pointed to the selections by Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC to experience out the rest of their grants of rights earlier than heading to new conferences for example of the issue of breaking these agreements.

“Folks do not come to Clemson due to some finances or as a result of we’re within the ACC. We’re blessed that we have now nice sources,” mentioned Tigers coach Dabo Swinney. “However 2036 is a very long time, and let’s be actual right here — take a look at all of the change that is occurred within the final 12 months.”

A number of ACC groups have had their authorized counsel consider the ACC’s grant of rights, based on a number of league directors, however none have recommended they’re prone to problem the doc in court docket.

“Comply with the logic,” Phillips mentioned. “I’d assume that the importance of what that may imply, the tv rights that the convention owns in addition to a nine-figure monetary penalty, I feel it holds. However your guess is pretty much as good as mine.”

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