SPORTS

Conference Realignment Looms Large Over ACC Media Day

Jul 20, 2022, 11:28 AM | Updated: 12:21 pm

ACC Football...

Detail view of ACC logo on Syracuse Orange uniforms before the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on November 12, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY- The ACC Conference started their Media Days on Wednesday morning with conference realignment still looming large in the national conversation about college football. Commissioner Jim Phillips addressed the media to kickoff ACC Media Days, and while most of what he said was pretty general, there were a few things that stood out in regards to the current climate of college football.

The ACC is of particular interest in the conference realignment conversation because of rumored negotiations between themselves and the Pac-12 (10) to form some kind of partnership to increase TV revenue while allowing both conferences to continue existing in their current state. While commissioner Phillips never came out and said anything outright about any potential deals coming down the pipeline, he was very adamant about the need to keep college football in a “healthy” place and the ACC’s commitment to help in that effort.

Conference Realignment And The ACC

The Pac-12 Conference was recently rocked by news that USC and UCLA plan to defect to the Big Ten in 2024 and have been working to come up with solutions to keep themselves intact. A potential solution that was presented was forming some kind of partnership or merger with the ACC, who is currently stuck in a Grant of Rights deal till 2036, to shop TV rights in an attempt to earn both conferences extra money while also presenting some interesting athletic match-ups and research opportunities at the academic level. As part of that idea, Pac-12(10) Commissioner George Kliavkoff opened up the conference’s media rights a year early for negotiations currently holding a 30-day exploratory window open with ESPN and FOX. That 30-day window will close on August 4th.

Since Kliavkoff has opened up negotiations for the Pac-12’s media rights, talk about partnering in some way with the ACC has gone fairly radio silent. In the sports world that can mean one of two things: 1) there is some serious negotiating going on, 2) it was much ado about nothing. While the situation could go either way, what leads me personally to believe details are still being negotiated between the two conferences is the recent blowup with the Big 12 Conference announcing they are done talking to the Pac-12 about a potential partnership due to not being able to find a good revenue solution. That announcement feels like part of the reason for those failed negotiations is because the Pac-12 found something better with the ACC (or something else that has yet to be stated) that they are currently working on.

Could this thought process be wrong? Absolutely. Could it change tomorrow? Also, yup. All that can truly be counted on in this wild new world of college football is that the most obvious answer most likely isn’t the ultimate solution. Such is the nature of the “cloak and dagger” moves in conference realignment when the players only want us to know what is really up when they are good and ready.

Jim Phillips’ Thoughts On Current State Of College Football

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips had a few thoughts on where things currently stand in college football and with his conference without giving any state secrets away before they are ready. In terms of what conference realignment currently looks like, Phillips quipped that college sports should be a full “neighborhood” and not separate “gated communities”.

As far as what the ACC is looking to do right now, Phillips was adamant all options were on the table. He was especially careful to note that revenue is only one piece of the puzzle in figuring out what to do going forward.

Phillips also talked about the need for creativity when navigating the ever-evolving world of conference realignment with a further emphasis on everyone needing to be “healthy”. That particular statement feels interesting especially if in fact the ACC is exploring options with the Pac-12 (10) like was previously reported when Kliavkoff opened up the Pac’s media rights.

When asked about if there were any concerns of the ACC’s GORs being toyed with, Phillips was pretty confident that there was no such concern, especially with the nine-figure penalty attached for breaking it. Phillips ended the comment stating he likes where the future of the conference is heading. Could this mean something in terms of a potential partnership with the Pac-12 (10)? Sure, but like everything with conference realignment we’ll just have to wait for whatever official announcement could be coming one way or the other.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Sports

Grayson-Murray-PGA-Tour-Charles-Schwab-Challenge...

Doug Ferguson, AP

Grayson Murray Dies At Age 30 A Day After Withdrawing From Colonial, PGA Tour Says

Two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray died at age 30, one day after he withdrew from the Charles Schwab Cup Challenge at Colonial.

2 hours ago

Bill-Armstrong-Utah-NHL-Delta-Center...

Jay Stevens, KSL Sports

2024 Offseason Preview For Utah’s NHL Team

The questions I get most are, "What is our team name going to be?" and "Will we be good enough to make the playoffs?"

2 hours ago

Kate-Del-Fava-Utah-Royals-FC...

Kyle Ireland

Kate Del Fava Inks Contract Extension With Utah Royals FC

The Utah Royals announced that defender Kate Del Fava signed a multi-year contract extension with the NWSL franchise.

24 hours ago

Chicho-Arango-Real-Salt-Lake...

Chandler Holt

RSL Looks To Keep MLS Unbeaten Streak Alive Against FC Dallas

RSL hasn't lost in its last ten MLS games and the club looks to keep that streak going against FC Dallas in Toyota Stadium on Saturday.

1 day ago

NHL-logo-Delta-Center-Utah...

Kyle Ireland

Utah NHL Draft Prospect: Russian Forward Ivan Demidov

Leading up to the 2024 NHL Draft, we'll dive into some of the top prospects who might end up on Utah's roster starting with Ivan Demidov.

1 day ago

Patrick Mahomes - Kansas City Chiefs - Las Vegas Raiders...

MARK ANDERSON AP Sports Writer and Chandler Holt

Raiders Give Maxx Crosby A $7.2 million Raise Over Next 2 Seasons, AP Source Says

The Las Vegas Raiders are rewarding star pass rusher Maxx Crosby with a $6 million raise this season and another $1.2 million next year.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Conference Realignment Looms Large Over ACC Media Day