The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN have agreed to a 20-year deal and rights extension through the 2035-36 academic year, sources said.
The ACC also extended its conference grant of rights deal nine years through 2035-36, a source said.
The conference’s grant of rights makes it untenable financially for a school to leave, guaranteeing in the 20 years of the deal that a school’s media rights, including revenue, for all home games would remain with the ACC regardless of the school’s affiliation.
The ACC’s new grant of rights also automatically extends Notre Dame’s contract with the conference as a member in all sports but football through 2035-36, a source said. If the Irish forgo football independence in the next 20 years, they are contracted to join the ACC.
Prevent conference members from leaving for two decades and lock in Notre Dame? Not too shabby, John Swofford. The only way the ACC is going to suffer any of its member schools being poached in the near future is if the entire conference blows up. Hell, ask the Big 12 if they wouldn’t like that kind of stability. The extra TV money is almost a bonus.