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ACC-Orange Bowl deal reached

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Thursday, November 15, 2012, 14:03

How did we do?


The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Discover Orange Bowl have finalized a 12-year deal placing the ACC champion annually in the bowl against either an SEC or Big Ten team, or Notre Dame, starting Jan. 1, 2015.

The agreement was announced Thursday. ESPN will pay an average of $55 million annually for the bowl, sources said.

The $55 million figure will be split evenly between the ACC and the SEC or Big Ten, depending on which conference is represented in the Orange Bowl. However, when Notre Dame plays in the bowl, the Fighting Irish will receive a "significant amount less" than the $27.5 million payout the SEC or Big Ten will get, sources said.

The selection of the ACC representative's opponent will be based on securing the highest-ranked team in the final standings available from either the Big Ten, the SEC or Notre Dame. However, the Big Ten and SEC teams must appear at least three times each during the 12-year life of the deal, while Notre Dame can appear in the game a maximum of only two times. There is no minimum number of requirements by Notre Dame.

The Orange Bowl is one of the six bowls in the rotation for the semifinals for college football's upcoming playoff, which will begin after the 2014 regular season. It is one of three contract bowls along with the Rose (Big Ten and Pac-12 champions) and Sugar (SEC and Big 12 champions). Each will be televised on ESPN.

In years when the ACC champion or another ACC team qualifies for the four-team national semifinals, then the next highest-ranked ACC team would play in the Orange Bowl.

The Orange Bowl will have the opportunity to take an SEC team that is not in the national semifinals or the Sugar Bowl, while the bowl could have a Big Ten team not in the semifinals or the Rose Bowl.

However, in the years the Rose and/or Sugar bowls host the national semifinals, the BCS commissioners have agreed that the Big Ten or SEC champion will not be placed in the Orange Bowl. Instead it will be placed in one of the three other access bowls. That decision was made to improve the value of the access bowls, sources told ESPN.

The ACC representative will play the highest available ranked team from Notre Dame, the SEC or the Big Ten. However, if the ACC's highest-ranked opponent would create a regular-season rematch, the Orange Bowl has the flexibility to avoid that rematch by taking the next highest-ranked team from Notre Dame, the SEC or Big Ten. The team that was "skipped" over would be placed in an access bowl as long as it meets the minimum ranking requirement.

When the Orange Bowl hosts the national semifinals, the ACC champion and the highest-ranked available team from Notre Dame, the Big Ten or the SEC will be placed in an access bowl instead.

Besides the Orange, Rose and Sugar, the remaining three access bowls, which will be part of the national semifinal rotation, still must be determined.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock said those bowls would be decided by next spring. However, sources told ESPN the leading candidates for them are the Fiesta (Glendale, Ariz.), Cotton (Arlington, Texas) and Chick-fil-A (Atlanta).

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It tells me

by NDTex ⌂ @, Dallas, TX, Thursday, November 15, 2012, 16:48 @ Jay

Something else is likely in the works. 2 years seems a bit light. I wouldn't be surprised to hear a deal with the Fiesta Bowl in the near future. Cotton Bowl might be a dark horse too.

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I think we did okay.

by Bill, Southern California, Thursday, November 15, 2012, 16:41 @ Jay

As somebody pointed out, this is about filling slots 8 times over 12 years. The SEC and B1G both will get 3 spots, we'll get 2. I think its understandable that we don't get the whole $27.5 million for each of our appearances. When the conferences split it up, they'll get a couple of million for each school. If we get well north of that split, we're doing pretty good.

I'm interested to see what else Swarbrick has up his sleeve in regards to other bowls. I would like to see us reinvest with the Cotton Bowl as we've got a strong history there and then work with the ACC to be part of their other bowl alliances (below the Orange) for any subpar years we might have.


limit of 2 appearances in 12 years seems harsh

by Pat, Right behind you, Thursday, November 15, 2012, 14:14 @ Jay

as does the "significant amount less" payout for ND when they do make it.

On the other hand, if the Orange Bowl is going to be rotating as a playoff host, that accounts for 4 of the 12 years. That means ND is Orange Bowl eligible for 2 of 8 possible years. That's not quite as bad. And then you add on the fact that the Orange Bowl can avoid a regular season rematch by placing the opponent (ND) in another BCS-caliber bowl (what are we calling these bowls?), that gives ND some nice access to the Fiesta, Cotton, and Chik-Fil-A bowls if they are ranked high enough.

As for the payout, I wonder what the actual payout will be.


FWIW, ND is capped at a max 2 OB appearances in 12 years

by hobbs, San Diego, Thursday, November 15, 2012, 14:08 @ Jay
edited by hobbs, Thursday, November 15, 2012, 14:11

Dodd tweeted that this clause represented the low point for ND football in the BCS. Personally, I haven't been able to step back and gather a wide angle view of the entire new scene to gauge where ND stands.

The commuter weighed in with some ND related detail:

Notre Dame's Orange Bowl berths limited in new deal

Notre Dame's tie to the Orange Bowl is set. How often it can pay a visit is, too.

On Thursday, the ACC and the Orange Bowl Committee officially announced a 12-year agreement that begins in 2014 and will pit the league champion against Notre Dame or a team from the Big Ten or SEC on a game that will be played on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

As expected, the ACC opponent will be the highest-ranked team from that group in the final standings of the still-to-be-determined new championship series formula -- but not necessarily always.

The agreement includes "minimum appearance standards" for all parties involved. There will be three guaranteed appearances for the Big Ten and SEC over the 12 years of the deal, but a maximum of just two for Notre Dame with no minimum.

"The Orange Bowl qualifies as one of the most prestigious events in college football's postseason and Notre Dame has played a part in that history, three times playing No. 1-ranked teams in our five previous appearances," Irish athletics director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement.

"We are honored to partner with two of the premier conferences, the SEC and the Big Ten, to make certain the ACC will have a top-flight opponent on a regular basis."

Should it fall short of the four-team championship playoff and also not play in the Orange Bowl when the new college football postseason begins following the 2014 season, Notre Dame will slide into the ACC's bowl lineup as part of the agreement the school and the conference announced in September.

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