Even though he’s backtracked a bit from his initial pique, FSU’s Andy Haggard has pretty much ensured that the Seminoles’ future in the ACC will be the topic du jour for at least the next few days.
Gaming things out, Dennis Dodd has raised a killer question – even if he’s forgotten who the Big 12 commissioner is – in this post:
… We’re getting ahead ourselves (sic). For now, ESPN would almost certainly discourage Florida State from leaving. FSU to the Big 12 would devalue that just-signed ESPN extension. Meanwhile, with expansion, the Big 12 would be soon asking for more money.
Sure, the money might cancel out but wouldn’t ESPN be sick and tired of reopened multi-billion dollar deals? Don’t forget the network is currently in negotiations with the SEC trying to figure out what the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri are worth.
What’s going to happen? Remember the immortal words of Boston College AD Gene DiFilippo last year when Syracuse and Pittsburgh came to the ACC: “ESPN is the one who told us what to do.”
That’s an interesting dilemma for the WWL, isn’t it? The thing is, Dodd doesn’t even touch on the other irony here. If FSU is whining about financial disparity as a member of the ACC, wait ’til it gets to the Big 12, home of the ESPN-partnered Longhorn Network. The ‘Noles ain’t seen nothing yet.
One thing’s for sure in all this: ESPN isn’t in it for its health. Or FSU’s. Or the ACC’s. Or the Big 12’s.