Will the ACC go with an eight-game conference schedule, or a nine-game version? One possible answer may surprise you a little…
Speaking at Tech’s media day, Bobinski brought up an intriguing alternative to the nine-game league schedule – keeping the league schedule at eight games but requiring that teams play two non-conference games against power-conference teams. The ACC already has a mandate that goes into effect in 2017 that league teams play one such game.
… but the reason surely won’t.
The impetus for the discussion is the desire to provide inventory for the ACC Network, whose 2019 launch was made official in July. The channel will broadcast 40 regular-season games annually. The conference has already agreed to expand its basketball conference schedule from 18 games to 20, starting in the 2019-20 season.
Gotta have product, man.
Between the playoffs and the networks, it’s getting to be a tougher world for cupcakes.