CBS is reporting that the future addition of Notre Dame will have an immediate impact on revenue. Even with just a 5-game football schedule and basketball games, Notre Dame will contribute in excess of $1M additional to the television revenue for each school. While this is not “catching up to the Big 10” money, the gap between the conferences is not as wide as reported. This may be why there are lots of rumors regarding schools leaving, but few actually doing so.
That same article also reports as follows regarding an ACC Network:
The ACC is currently considering a 24-hour sports channel with ESPN, which is gathering information and will return to the league with an assessment. If ESPN makes an offer the ACC likes, plans for a channel might commence. The league is evaluating whether a channel makes the most business sense.
Look, who knows if an ACC Network would be successful? What is clear, however, is that the Big 10 Network is successful. This is where things are headed. If there is not going to be an ACC Network, then ACC teams might very well end up on the Big 10 Network, to ESPN’s loss.
Perhaps ESPN would benefit from some sort of joint network between the SEC and the ACC, where both channels are a package that is available from the Northeast down to Florida and West to Texas. That’s a lot of territory to bundle the packages together. The price could be determined by media market. The SEC channel could be 90 cents a month in Texas, while the ACC channel could be 10 cents a month there. But in North Carolina, it could be the inverse. The extra revenue provided by the bundling would help get both channels more market saturation.
Then again, the Confidential is hardly a financial or television tycoon. Perhaps ESPN is moving towards jai alai, as that will be the sport of the 22nd century.
What do you think? ACC Network have ANY potential?