One of the issues that was discussed this past off season was the ACC's new TV revenue. During the much hyped expansion, ESPN opened their checkbooks and gave the league an unprecedented TV deal. Fast forward to last year, after ESPN broke the bank to lock down the SEC, and the ACC was making mere peanuts by comparison.
From folks in the know, it was a two horse race between FOX and ESPN for the ACC's next television package. FOX gave a strong bid, but ultimately ESPN prevailed. However, I have to ask, would have forsaking the extra cash to go to FOX have been worth it? I think, at least for Florida State, it might have.
Most college football fans shudder when they think about FOX's coverage of the sport, and rightfully so. Their BCS coverage was abysmal. However, it seems that FOX is now actually trying to get in the game. FOX announced today that they have acquired the rights to the Big 10 title game until 2016. Coupled with their investments in the Big 10 Network, and I expect that the FOX will get a slice of the Big 10 during their next TV contract.
TN has made a major emphasis on the monetary arms race that is big time college football, and I agree. For Florida State to get back to the pinnacle of college football, it will need everything going for it. Many applauded the ESPN deal as it got the TV revenues between FSU and UF in the same zip code.But, UF's contract gives it something that can't be measured in dollars.
The Gators have been the kings of the "SEC on CBS." The Gators have had 74 nationally televised games on CBS since 1996, or roughly 5 times per year. The next closest are Tennessee (54) and Alabama (53). That kind of TV exposure is almost immeasurable for recruiting, recognition, and everything else.
Florida State is the undisputed ratings kind of the ACC. Even during the lost decade, FSU has set ratings records for College Football games. FSU would've easily get 5 or 6 nationally televised games on FOX a year.
Just a thought.