When the ACC announced its new deal with the Orange Bowl, many thought the ACC had finally found the pay-dirt necessary to keep up with the other power conferences (SEC, B1G, Pac12, Big12). Fans were exuberant about the improved match-ups guaranteed through either ND, SEC, or B1G schools. No longer getting forced to play the Big East or some non-AQ school, the ACC now has a 'BCS' bowl under its control.
This announcement was followed by the report of the TV deal for the Orange Bowl: $55 million per year from ESPN.
$55 million is significantly lower than the Rose Bowl and Campions Bowl (now the Sugar Bowl) deals, both of which came back at $80 million yearly. However, the ACC had sole ownership of the Orange Bowl' and with that control, several people speculated that the ACC would be able to take a similar portion of the profits to the other conferences (i.e. ~$40 million)
However, yesterday Brett McMurphy reported that is not likely the case. In fact, it's even worse than that. Not only will the ACC not likely get the lion's share of the Orange Bowl revenue, but it looks like Notre Dame may get exactly that.
I responded to Brett:
@McMurphyESPN thanks. You expect SEC and B1G cut to be same?
@Stilts19 yes. Should be. Again not official but who ever is opposite ACC would get that $
As he said, nothing is official, but it looks as though this new Orange Bowl deal may be less spectacular than originally thought. According to this, each ACC team will get $1.96 million from the Orange Bowl yearly. Giving equal money for the SEC and B1G's 2nd or 3rd place team hurts.
But worse is that Notre Dame will get a full 50% of the revenue if they make the Orange Bowl. It's just one more incentive for them to stay independent.
Details to come, but it doesn't look great so far. Thoughts?